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SERBIA - National review, No 45
SERBIA - National review, No 46


Prologue

For better or for worse, the year ended. There are fewer and fewer of those who believe that it means an end to something or beginning of something else. Toasts are growing faint, marathoners don’t know which circle this is for them. And the counters have long gone mad. Raging. But, don’t allow yourself to get confused. Even if you are not Alice in Wonderland, today you have to run fast just to stay in one place. We will not tell you now where all we have been meanwhile, and why. This edition of ”National Review”, in all three languages, can be read here, in their entirety, in electronic format on our website. Just click on the icon in the upper right corner. And you will see. <

GALLERY
Panorama of Kučevo (photo: D. Bosnić)
Guard on Mačkov Kamen (photo: N. Marković)
From the video for the song ”Crven cvete” (photo: ”Trag” band)
Concert in the Ravništarka Cave (photo: D. Bosnić)
Harvest of Wine and Music (photo: ”Trag” band)
Aca Seltik in Manasija, with his wife (photo: personal archive)
Serbian cavalry (Vasa Eškićević, oil on canvas)
Prayer (photo: ”Trag” band)
Teofilović Brothers in Osečina (photo: H. Granić)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

Prologue
HOW TO SEE THE OBVIOUS
Parasols in the Rain 

Vitrage
NUMBERS, EVENTS, INTERESTING THINGS

Album
DEDICATION TO THE HEROES OF THE GREAT WAR
Unforgetting

Freedom
HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLES OF GUČEVO AND MAČKOV KAMEN IN 1914
Battle above the Clouds
The amazing heroism is the eternal measure and fate of defenders of Serbia. The Battle of Drina is one of the bloodiest and most incredible ones in World War I. In difficult circumstances, lacking ammunition and equipment, Serbian warriors held off 215.000 Austro-Hungarians for two months, without rest or shifts. In five days of the almost mythical drama on Mačkov Kamen, more than 8.000 Serbs and about 30.000 Austro-Hungarians were killed. And each chapter of the Battle of Gučevo, from the distance between the battle lines to the way of providing supplies and communication, has forever become part of anthologies of warfare

Text and photo: Nenad Marković

Memory
ONE HUNDRED YEARS FROM THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR ONE
Eternal Serbian Gratitude to Russia
The size of what the Russian state, Russian people and Russian emperor did for the small, slandered and attacked Serbia can never be sufficiently emphasized, in that crater of fire and blood, in that horrifying feast of death, one hundred years ago. As of this fall, we are being reminded of this by two new monuments in the center of the capital of Serbia: the Monument of Gratitude to Russian and Serbian soldiers in the Belgrade Fortress, and the Monument to Emperor Nikolai II Romanov in the Main Street

By: Snežana Kondić

Guide
IN ZVIŽD, BETWEEN NORTHERN KUČAJ AND HOMOLJE MOUNTAINS
Pictures from the Auriferous River
Dragons in Zvižd stopped whistling a long time ago. The legend says that St. George caught them in Stig and put a stop to the legend with his spear. But the waters here still carry sparkling secrets, the underground empire of caves still amazes, Rusallias still fall into trance and bring news from other worlds. Bušin, shepherds’ wind instrument made of linden bark, only rarely plays. Kanitz, Header and Hofmann all wrote about this area, but they never fathomed the kolo dance on stilts and the smile of the girls from Zvižd. Perhaps poets know it, as Raičković did, the poet born in Neresnica near Kučevo

Text and Photo: Dragan Bosnić

Road Sign
IN PODGORINA, UNDER THICK WOODS, AT THE PLUM AND RAKIA FAIR
Serbia around a Cauldron
There are about a million plum trees in this area. Rakia, marmalade and other products made from this fruit are famous. A celebration honoring the plum takes place every autumn in Osečina, where connoisseurs and curious guests from all Serbian lands and beyond gather together. Producers of rakia, plum delicacies, orchardmen, toastmasters, all compete here. ”Gathering at the Cauldron”, ”Old Crafts Square”, ”Children Scrapbook Street”, ”Queen of Fruit”, parade, excellent concerts… If you haven’t visited it so far, come. At least once. Then as you wish

By: Helena Granić

Flows
The SECOND REGATTA ”BANJALUKA–BELGRADE 2014” IN SREMSKA MITROVICA
On the Banks of Cooperation
The Sava is connecting people and cities. They have common interests, possibilities, even problems. And they could offer a new, very interesting tourist product. The beautiful event reminded us of this, and many other things

Annals
DOBRICA ĆOSIĆ (1921–2014) AND HIS DEEP CONNECTIONS WITH VRNJAČKA BANJA
Walking through Difficult Times
The great writer loved Banja so much that he lived there for five years, 1961–1966, until the Brioni Plenum. He lived in villa ”Dalibor”, next to the Lipovačka River. In Banja he completed his novel ”Far Away Is the Sun”, the third book of ”Divisions”, wrote ”The Fairytale”. He named his famous imaginary village after the name of one villa in Banja, ”Prerovo”. There he founded cultural events that last until today. There he was visited by greatest local artists of the 20th century. Even in the most difficult years, the people of Vrnjci did not let him down. And vice versa

By: Boško Ruđinčanin

Destiny and Comments
ZORKA KARAĐORĐEVIĆ (PETROVIĆ), CROWN PRINCESS OF MONTENEGRO AND PRINCESS OF SERBIA
Bridge in the Noble Heart
A daughter of the great Serbian ruler and poet, for Russia, where she studied, brought back in her eyes reflections of golden domes and a different sense of time. From the mountains of her homeland, where one can touch the sky, she saw far. She knew what she was doing, and she smiled. Petra recognized and grew fond of her. She tied with herself two flows of Serbian modern history, so that t hey would become one again. Today, those who betrayed everything would sometimes mention her father, but have no courage to remember her

By: Hristina Plamenac

Sounds
”TRAG”, ONE OF THE BEST ETHNO BANDS IN SRPSKA, WITH US FOR TEN YEARS
Music Heritages of the Balkans
”Trag” (”Trace”) of the trace. In the depths of time and memories, in forgotten treasuries, they reveal our golden musical threads and we hear them in ourselves again. They adjust it to modern arrangements and sensibility, showing that tradition is not anachronous but timeless and that we always have to return to the ancient in a young way. They amazed Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and revealed the most to ourselves

By: Ljubiša Trivić

Worlds
MIHAILO GLIGORIĆ GLIŠA, PAINTER IN THE HEIGHTS OF STYLIZATION
The Art of Wonders, Festivity and Joy
In order to be able to stylize, one must know classical principles well. He is a seeker, an art nomad. From his spiritual journeys he brings back visionary images, as well as graphical sheets in which energy streams are whirling. He is never reduced down to the level of a witticism, entertainment and hollowness. His angelic landscapes are seen from above, subordinated to the scenes that have attributes of a ceremony. He knows his origin and his path. It is time to open the door that used to be closed for him

By: Dejan Đorić

Enterprises
”KULT FESTIVAL” IN BELGRADE, ANOTHER VICTORY OF YOUTH OVER DICTATED CULTURE
Infinity of Solutions
They have decided to say no. They have rejected to become someone else’s sub-culture marionettes, crumbs in hypnotized crowd, provincial emulators of ordered models. They have decided not to wait and to gather. On their own, as volunteers, healthily and with good quality. To show to one another what they know. Without background and conditioning, without whining and scraping for coins. And they have succeeded. They saw it is possible and now the roads are opening up in front of them

By: Dragana Barjaktarević

Fairytale
ANOTHER SUNRISE ON TALELAJSKA HILL
Important Lessons from the Land of Dwarfs
The One-Eyed, computer of little Ika from New Belgrade, still houses stories. They show us that not everything that glitters is gold. That because of excess speed we have lack of depth. That what was taken away by force must be cursed, just like what was stolen. That all evil faces can be defeated with goodness and courage. That tears are medicinal. That true beauty comes from our hearts. That it is great happiness when you realize the value of what you already have. That every day is a great gift and that there is nothing in the world that is not mysterious

By: Nebojša Jevrić

Life, Novels
ALEKSANDAR PETROVIĆ, ACA CELTIC, FRONTMAN OF ”ORTHODOX CELTS”, EXCLUSIVELY FOR ”NATIONAL REVIEW”
Towards the Heights of the Holy Despot
He was growing up by the relics of Dušan the Great and always used to greet warriors-guards in front of Ružica. He remembers one issue of ”Svetosavsko zvonce” and some yards of Palilula, likes Hugo, Pushkin and a whole bouquet of Serbian poets. He reached the ancient layers within us with music, heard our relatives in time and anticipated deep connections, beautiful and mysterious. He spent only two hours in Dublin, yet remained there forever. His heart gave him a yellow card back then, and he is a wise player. He remained enchantingly common, ”a true anti-star”. He does not play important, he is important

By: Branislav Matić

The Victor
ĐORĐE PERIŠIĆ, TOP ATHLETE AND SPORTS OFFICIAL
Old Time Champions
There is no confusion, it is the question of a format. He is an exceptional sports personality. He was a successful swimmer, as a junior he became the senior champion of Yugoslavia, swam to the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. Afterwards he joined water polo player, was a member of the trophy-winning generation of ”Partizan” and Yugoslav national team, Olympic champion in Mexico in 1968. Later he held many responsible offices in domestic and international sports, leaving a good track record that has lasted for decades

By: Dejan Bulajić

Health
COLONEL DR. LJUBODRAG MINIĆ, A NEUROSURGEON AT THE MILITARY MEDICAL ACADEMY IN BELGRADE
Helping is a Great Privilege
He specialized summa cum laude, seventeen days before the breakup of Yugoslavia and outbreak of the war. He remembers many difficult cases and great challenges. From Serbian boys from Slavonija and Vukovar, through young guardsmen killed in the beastly bombing of Serbia in 1999, to a six-year old girl from Užice for whom he secretly cried. He specialized in brain and spinal cord surgeries, and he also has his special method. His team is also ready for the using of stem cells, they are only waiting for the approval of the Ethics Committee

By: Jagoda Plavšić

Health
”MERUKUR” AND HIS VIP FRIENDS IN THE GREAT NEW PROJECT
A Month of Esthetics in Vrnjačka Banja
It is t most demanding campaign of this socially responsible company thus far. It brings the message about importance of a healthy lifestyle and prevention, and it does this in an exceptionally interesting way

Bridges
AZERBAIJAN, THE BIGGEST COUNTRY OF THE SOUTHERN CAUCASUS, AND ITS SMART DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Upswing in All Areas
In the past ten years, 190 billion USD has been invested in this country, and only last year the record setting 28 billion. This wealth comes from export of energy products, but the government priority is development of non-oil sector, education, infrastructure, new technologies. If it weren’t for internal stability, good management and reasonable consumption, there would be no great achievements. Possibilities for Serbian-Azerbaijan strategic partnership are huge and both sides are aware of this

By: Dragan Vujović

Introducing
SCIENTIFIC-TECHNOLOGICAL PARK ”ZVEZDARA” A N NEW SERBIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Silicon Valley in Zvezdara Forest
In the business incubator on Zvezdara hill, at the Scientific-Technological Park, the conditions resemble those in American companies ”Apple” and ”Google”. Everything is designed in such a way to stimulate development of economy based on knowledge and revive the ties between economy and universities. Within this framework, defined in the government’s Strategy of scientific and technological development of Serbia from 2010 to 2015, the Project Management Unit also operates. A new opportunity has just been presented for those who are interested secure their space in this center

By: Dragan Veličković

Upswing
THE MUNICIPALITY OF RUMA CONTINUES ITS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
Great Incentives for Investors
”We must employ people, in the real sector, economic, production sector”, says Slađan Mančić, president of the municipality. ”That is why we have been creating the most advanced industrial zone, simplifying all procedures and providing great relief. That is why Ruma has been in the foreground on the investment map of Serbia”

Connections
”TELEKOM SRBIJA” AWARDED THE WINNERS AT THE LITERARY COMPETITION ABOUT THE FAMOUS SCIENTIST
Our Encounter with Pupin
Works of elementary and high school students, more than 300 of them from all over Serbia, are very creative and knowledgeable. They will soon be available as an online book. This is only the beginning of introducing Pupin into schools and educational system in a new way, and ”Telekom Srbija” is making a great contribution to this

Studies
BELGRADE BUSINESS SCHOOL, ONE OF THE LEADERS IN APPLIED EDUCATION
Strategic Partner for the Best
With new programs, based on applied vocational studies, they are going in the direction of personnel strengthening in public administration and tourism. Publishing activity of the school, except for being an important foothold in the teaching process, has been introducing this school deep into the circle of modern institutes of higher education. Excellent international cooperation and a series of prestigious foreign awards confirmed that the road had been selected well

Knowledge
MASTER STUDIES AT ”SINGIDUNUM” UNIVERSITY
Important Knowledge, Great Interest
Study programs correspond to real requirements of the modern age. They enable mastering of knowledge and skills that truly improve the business competitiveness, career and performance. Specially conceived programs for those who study while working

Energy
FIELD ”D” IN MINING BASIN ”KOLUBARA”
Mine for the Power of Serbia
In the past six decades, more than a half of total coal in the biggest coal giant of Serbia was excavated here. For twenty years, it was sufficient to produce electric power for the entire country. This year again, after the May floods, this mine has become the key, one of the last hopes. And again it passed a difficult exam. Serbia was not left in the dark. And it won’t

By: Dragana Vesković
Photographs: Archive of ”Kolubara”