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Milorad Pavić

Serbian writer

1929   -   2009

country of citizenship: Serbia
languages spoken, written or signed: Serbian
educated at: University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy
occupation: linguist, historian, translator, poet, playwright, university teacher, literary critic, science fiction writer, writer
award received: NIN Prize, Andrić prize, Meša Selimović Prize

Milorad Pavić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Павић, pronounced [mîloraːd pǎːʋitɕ]; 15 October 1929 – 30 November 2009) was a Serbian novelist, poet, short story writer, and literary historian. Born in Belgrade in 1929, he published a number of poems, short stories and novels during his lifetime, the most famous of which was the Dictionary of the Khazars (1984). Upon its release, it was hailed as "the first novel of the 21st century." Pavić's works have been translated into more than thirty languages. He was vastly popular in Europe and in South America, and was deemed "one of the most intriguing writers from the beginning of the 21st century." He won numerous prizes in Serbia and in the former Yugoslavia, and was mentioned several times as a potential candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in Belgrade in 2009.
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