Famous Serbian Writers

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Ivo Andric
(Novelist, Poet & Short Story Writer Who Won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Ivo Andric
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Birthdate: October 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dolac, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 13, 1975

Ivo Andric was a Yugoslav short story writer, poet, and novelist. Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature after the Nobel Committee chose him over writers like Robert Frost, E. M. Forster, John Steinbeck, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After receiving the award, Andric's works were translated into several languages as they found an international audience.

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Tena Stivicic
(Playwright)
Tena Stivicic
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Birthdate: September 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Yugoslavia
 3 
Stefan Lazarević
(Saints, Writer)
Stefan Lazarević
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Birthdate: 1377 AD
Birthplace: Kruševac, Serbia
Died: 1427 AD
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 4 
Olivera Ćirković
(Writer)
Olivera Ćirković
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Birthdate: September 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 5 
John Simon
(Literary critic, Film critic, Theatre critic, Journalist)
John Simon
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Birthdate: May 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: November 24, 2019
 6 
Nadja Regin
(Serbian Actress and Writer)
Nadja Regin
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Birthdate: December 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Niš, Serbia
Died: April 6, 2019

Nadja Regin was a Serbian actress who achieved international prominence during the 1960s by appearing in British television series like The Benny Hill Show, Maigret, and Danger Man. Regin is one of the few actresses to have played important roles in two James Bond films; From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Nadja Regin also had a prolific literary career.

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Dobrica Ćosić
(Yugoslav and Serbian Political Theorist, Writer, and Politician)
Dobrica Ćosić
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Birthdate: December 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velika Drenova, Serbia
Died: May 18, 2014

Dobrica Cosic was a Yugoslav and Serbian political theorist, writer, and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the first President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 15 June 1992 to 1 June 1993. Dobrica Cosic also achieved popularity as a writer, winning prestigious awards such as the Medal of Pushkin and the NIN Award.

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Charles Simic
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Birthdate: May 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
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Danilo Kis
(Yugoslav Short Story Writer, Novelist, Translator, and Essayist)
Danilo Kis
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Birthdate: February 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: October 15, 1989

Danilo Kis was a Yugoslav short story writer, novelist, translator, and essayist. He also contributed as a writer for magazines like Vidici and worked as a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg. Many of his works, including a novel titled Peščanik for which he won the prestigious NIN Award, have been adapted into films and TV series.

 10 
Steve Tesich
(Screenwriter)
Steve Tesich
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Užice, Serbia
Died: July 1, 1996
 11 
Tea Obreht
(Novelist)
Tea Obreht
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Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
 12 
Lazar Ristovski
(Serbian Former Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer)
Lazar Ristovski
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Birthdate: October 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ravno Selo, Serbia

Lazar Ristovski is a Serbian former actor, writer, director, and producer. During his illustrious career, Ristovski starred in more than 40 films, TV dramas, and TV series and performed around 4,000 times on stage. Lazar Ristovski has also appeared in English-language movies like Along the Roadside and Casino Royale.

 13 
Branko Copic
(Writer)
Branko Copic
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Birthdate: January 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hašani, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 26, 1984
 14 
Branislav Nušić
(Playwright)
Branislav Nušić
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Birthdate: October 20, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade
Died: January 19, 1938
 15 
Arsen Dedić
(Legendary Croatian Singer and Poet Who Specialized in Chanson Songs)
Arsen Dedić
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Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: August 17, 2015

Croatian chanson singer Arsen Dedić was also an award-winning poet. Born into a working-class family, he initially studied law, but soon dropped out to study music. He spent his final years in extreme pain due to a number of illnesses. He was against politics and was banned in various phases of his career.

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Koca Popovic
(Yugoslav Communist Leader and the 2nd Vice President of Yugoslavia)
Koca Popovic
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Birthdate: March 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: October 20, 1992

The 2nd vice-president of Yugoslavia, Koca Popovic had also been a Communist volunteer at the Spanish Civil War. Remembered as the man who saved the Yugoslav People's Army, he also supported the Serbian rebels and was a pioneering figure of the Serbian Surrealist movement.

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Dositej Obradovic
(Writer)
Dositej Obradovic
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Birthdate: February 17, 1739
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ciacova, Romania
Died: April 7, 1811
 18 
Milorad Pavić
(Novelist)
Milorad Pavić
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Birthdate: October 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: November 30, 2009
 19 
Desanka Maksimovic
(Poet)
Desanka Maksimovic
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Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rabrovica, Valjevo, Kingdom of Serbia
Died: February 11, 1993
 20 
Jovan Dučić
(Poet)
Jovan Dučić
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Birthdate: February 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: April 7, 1943
 21 
Borislav Pekić
(Writer, Politician)
Borislav Pekić
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Birthdate: February 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Podgorica, Montenegro
Died: July 2, 1992
 22 
Bogdan Bogdanovic
(Architect)
Bogdan Bogdanovic
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Birthdate: August 20, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: June 18, 2010
 23 
Eva Ras
(Serbian Actress, Painter, and Writer)
Eva Ras
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Birthdate: January 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Subotica, Kingdom of Yugoslavia

Eva Ras is a Serbian actress, painter, and writer. In addition to winning several prestigious awards for her acting skills, Ras has also received many awards for her literary work. In 2005, Eva Ras was honored with the Man Booker International People's Prize for her work Born Dead.

 24 
Matija Beckovic
(Poet)
Matija Beckovic
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Birthdate: November 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Senta, Serbia
 25 
Vasko Popa
(Poet)
Vasko Popa
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Birthdate: June 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grebenac, Serbia
Died: January 5, 1991
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Biljana Srbljanovic
(Playwright, first foreign writer to receive the Ernst Toller prize)
Biljana Srbljanovic
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Birthdate: October 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Svetislav Basara
(Writer)
Svetislav Basara
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Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bajina Bašta
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Milena Pavlović-Barili
(Painter and Poet)
Milena Pavlović-Barili
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Birthdate: November 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Požarevac, Serbia
Died: March 6, 1945
 29 
Dejan Stojanovic
(Poet, Philosopher and Journalist)
Dejan Stojanovic
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Birthdate: March 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Peć
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Géza Csáth
(Writer)
Géza Csáth
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Birthdate: February 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: September 11, 1919
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Jovan Sterija Popović
(One of the best comic playwrights in Serbian literature)
Jovan Sterija Popović
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Birthdate: January 13, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vršac, Serbia
Died: March 10, 1856
 32 
Matija Nenadović
(Writer)
Matija Nenadović
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Birthdate: February 26, 1777
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brankovina, Serbia
Died: December 11, 1854
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Timothy John Byford
(Former director and writer, known for I Want to Be a Showjumper (1969), Neven (1973) and Notna svastara (1985))
Timothy John Byford
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Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salisbury, England
Died: May 5, 2014
 34 
Stojan Novaković
(Politician)
Stojan Novaković
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Birthdate: November 1, 1842
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Šabac, Serbia
Died: February 18, 1915
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Mirko Kovac
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Mirko Kovac
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Birthdate: December 26, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petrovići, Montenegro
Died: August 19, 2013
 36 
Dimitrije Bjelica
(Serbian Chess Player)
Dimitrije Bjelica
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Birthdate: November 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yugoslavia
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Tibor Sekelj
(Former Explorer, Writer known for his novella Kumeŭaŭa, la filo de la ĝangalo)
Tibor Sekelj
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Birthdate: February 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia
Died: September 20, 1988
 38 
Milovan Milovanović
(Politician)
Milovan Milovanović
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Birthdate: February 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: June 18, 1912
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Ivan V. Lalic
(Poet)
Ivan V. Lalic
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Birthdate: June 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: July 28, 1996
 40 
Joakim Vujić
(Writer, Playwright and Actor)
Joakim Vujić
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Birthdate: September 9, 1772
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baja, Hungary
Died: November 20, 1847