Serbian Literature

Although largely unknown, Serbian literature definitely has a lot to offer to an inquiring mind, eager to get some insights into the country above and beyond the scarce, semi-digested data usually offered by the media or guidebooks. Since we believe that preparation for the trip should start in a library (or, nowadays, on the Internet), we have selected some Serbian literary pieces that we found exceptional and very much worth reading.

There are many ways to learn something about a country before hitting the road. Literature is surely one of the most interesting and efficient ways of getting acquainted with the local culture, history, mentality, traditions, customs etc. Even if your literary appetite is easily satisfied and doesn't require any comperhensive ventures into the world of literature, you may still want to read a book or two as a mean of getting more thorough insight into your planned travel destination, in this case - Serbia.

The books mentioned in this chapter are the ones we believe to be at the same time interesting and informative, as well as good pieces of literature. This list should be seen as a starting point for broader exploration of Serbian literature.

Milos Crnjanski

Milos Crnjanski (1893-1977) was a Serbian poet, writer and diplomat. His style is usually considered to be expressionism and romanticism. He...

Mesa Selimovic


Mesa Selimovic (1910-1982) was a Serbian writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who mostly wrote about Ottoman times in the Balkans. One of his...

Ivo Andric

Ivo Andric (1892-1975) was a Yugoslav writer from Bosnia, the only Yugoslav citizen ever to have received the Nobel Prize. His most famous book is...

Vasko Popa


Vasko Popa was a 20th century Serbian modernist poet, famous for developing a unique poetic language in which symbolist poetry is merged with...

Momcilo Nastasijevic


Momcilo Nastasijevic (1894-1938) was a Serbian poet, writer and thinker. Due to his hermetic style and specific language, he never gained much...

Branko Miljkovic


Branko Miljkovic (1934-1961) was a Serbian poet and translator. He died prematurely at a very young age (27), found hanging from a tree in...