Miodrag Bulatović

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Miodrag Bulatović
Bulatović in 1969
Bulatović in 1969
Born(1930-02-20)20 February 1930
Okladi, Zeta Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia[a]
Died15 March 1991(1991-03-15) (aged 61)
Igalo, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
Resting placeBelgrade New Cemetery
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy

Miodrag Bulatović (Serbian Cyrillic: Миодраг Булатовић; 20 February 1930 – 15 March 1991) was a Montenegrin Serb writer, novelist and playwright in Yugoslavia.[1]

Bulatović was known "for his fierce Serbian nationalism, which earned him the enmity of other ethnic groups in Yugoslavia, and he was an official of Serbia's Socialist Party."[2]



Bulatović began in 1956 with a book of short stories, Djavoli dolaze ("The Devils Are Coming", translated as Stop the Danube), for which he received the Serbian Writers Union Award. His novel The Red Rooster Flies Heavenwards, set in his homeland of northeastern Montenegro, was translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He then stopped publishing for a time, to protest against interference in his work.

His next novel, Hero on a Donkey, "A dark hot nightmare of a war novel...",[3] was first published abroad and only four years later (1967) in Yugoslavia.

In 1975, Bulatović won the NIN Award for novel of the year for People with Four Fingers, an insight into the émigré's life. The Fifth Finger was a sequel to that book. His last novel was Gullo Gullo, which brought together various themes from his previous books.[citation needed]


  • Stop the Danube (Djavoli dolaze, 1956)
  • The Wolf and the Bell (Vuk i zvono, 1958)
  • The Red Rooster Flies Heavenwards (Crveni petao leti prema nebu, 1959)
  • Godot has Arrived (Godo je došao, 1966)
  • Hero on a Donkey (Heroj na magarcu, 1967)
  • The War Was Better (Rat je bio bolji, 1968)
  • People with Four Fingers (Ljudi sa četiri prsta, 1975)
  • The Fifth Finger (Peti prst, 1977)
  • Gullo gullo (1981)
  • Death's Lover - a series of articles in Politika newspaper (Ljubavnik smrti, 1990)


  1. ^ Okladi was then a village near Bijelo Polje and is now part of Bijelo Polje Municipality in Montenegro.


  1. ^ Vikend: Neradni dani Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Miodrag Bulatovic; Novelist, 68 (Obituaries)". The New York Times (Reuters). The New York Times Company. 19 March 1991. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ "A Hero On A Donkey". https://www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 1 May 2015. External link in |website= (help)