Danica Vukićević, winner of NIN’s award: A poet who is not mainstream
Danica Vukićević, author of the book “Unutrašnje more” (published by “Nojzac”), is the winner of Nino’s criticism award for the best novel published in 2022 in the Serbian language.
Danica Vukićević is our famous and award-winning poet, for whom this is her first novel, although she has written shorter prose so far. This decision was made by the jury consisting of Teofil Pančić (the president, who was prevented from attending yesterday’s announcement), Marija Nenezić, Milena Đorđijević, Žarka Svirčev and Goran Korunović, at the final session held yesterday and announced immediately afterwards to journalists in the Belgrade hotel “Moskva “.
Milena Đorđijević, Žarka Svirčev and Goran Korunović voted for the award-winning novel, while Marija Nenezić voted for the novel “Koljka i Sašenjka” by Uglješa Šajtinac, published by “Archipelago”, and for the novel “The Club of True Creators” by Milan Tripković, published by ” Book factories”, Teofil Pančić voted.
The shortlist also included the novels “Papir sa vodenim znak” by Goran Petrović, published by “Laguna”, “No one is forgotten and nothing is remembered” by Mirjana Drljević, published by “Buka”, and “Klara, Klarisa” by Marijana Čanak. , published by “Bulevar buksa”.
“Danica Vukićević’s novel ‘The Inner Sea’, formally inventive, examines the problems of existence, from the private to the socio-political level, from the materiality of everyday life to the key inner dramas of individuals in the modern world. With linguistic subtlety and violence, Danica Vukićević transforms a fragmentary way of writing into a complete novelistic picture of the world”, is the explanation of the jury read by Marija Nenezić, who added that such a diverse way of voting is good, because it is not uniform and reflects the intersection of the development tendencies of contemporary novel.
Who is Danica Vukićević?
One of the reasons why you may not have heard of Danica may be the fact that she is first and foremost a poet and that among her titles the most numerous are collections of poetry that are read more and more rarely, and are not part of the mainstream literary scene.
The second is hidden in her thesis, which she puts forward in the award-winning book “Inner Sea” – good literature will survive by hiding, not by “promotion”, “presentation”, “advertisement”…
Danica Vukićević wrote “The Inner Sea” – a collection of notes, mini-essays, lyrical-narrative fragments… in which the main character is herself, with (auto)poetic, personal, valuable insights, which is the thread that allows this book to be novel, as the NIN jury explicitly calls it in its explanation.
The excited and grateful winner of this prestigious award, Danica Vukićević, thanked the jury for their support and pointed out that she has been writing and publishing for 30 years, that during that time she also wrote stories and that this book did not happen all at once, but that it was a source of pure joy for her. to represent a hologram of her soul, but also to have a separate life.
Danica Vukićević’s writing is superb precisely because, even when it comes to formal prose forms, it is poetry, as with all great writers, in whom such classification and boundaries are never clearly discernible.
And again because she is an excellent connoisseur of the language in which she writes and, more importantly, someone who truly cherishes and loves that language.
Another important feature of her writing is its unequivocal classification as female literature, despite attempts to relativize and generalize literary critics and theorists that there is only good and bad, not male and female literature.
Danica Vukićević (1959, Valjevo) writes poetry and prose, works as proofreader-editor, deals with literary criticism and essay writing. Before “The Inner Sea”, she published six collections of poetry and two collections of short prose. So far, she has received the awards “Pro femina”, “Biljana Jovanović”, “Milica Stojadinović Srpkinja” and, this year, “Kondir Kosovar girl”.
About this book, the publisher says on its website that Danica Vukićević continues to write in the form of “dynamic, lively and lucid portrayal of reality with imaginative and memorable poetic images”, and conveys “a frenetic rhythm, sounds of the city, confusion in communication, an experiment in language and in language ” (Vladislava Gordić Petković). And again, what the author says in an interview is valid: “My experience is a female experience, and the chosen one is a female voice (among other internal voices, children’s, male, sexless, non-gendered, or non-human, plant, animal… voices of objects). When you’re looking for your own voice (tuning, listening through antennas), you still choose some”.
Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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