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The Nonconformists

Culture, Politics, and Nationalism in a Serbian Intellectual Circle, 1944–1991

by: Nick Miller
published by
: Central European University Press
pp: 396
ISBN: 978-963-7326-93-6
price: € 34.95

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Serbia’s national movement of the 1980s and 1990s, the author suggests, was not the product of an ancient, immutable, and aggressive Serbian national identity; nor was it an artificial creation of powerful political actors looking to capitalize on its mobilizing power.
Miller argues that cultural processes are too often ignored in favor of political ones; that Serbian intellectuals did work within a historical context, but that they were not slaves to the past. His subjects are Dobrica Ćosić (a novelist), Mića Popović (a painter) and Borislav Mihajlović Mihiz (a literary critic).
These three influential Serbian intellectuals concluded by the late 1960s that communism had failed the Serbian people; together, they helped forge a new Serbian identity that fused older cultural imagery with modern conditions.


Table of contents


Simina 9a in a New Yugoslavia

Nonconformist Initiations

Ćosić: Engagement and Disillusionment, 1956–1966

Drama and Politics: Mihiz in the Sixties

The Suicide and Rebirth of the Painting: Mića Popović, 1959–1974

Fragmented Serbia;  Ćosić and Popović Return To Serbia

From Principle to Catharsis

The Children of Cain

The Limits of Revelation

The Legend of Simina 9a in Serbia’s Modern History







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