Vladan Desnica

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Vladan Desnica
Born (1905-09-17)17 September 1905
Zadar, Austria-Hungary
Died 4 March 1967(1967-03-04) (aged 61)
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Occupation Novelist
Language Serbo-Croatian
Ethnicity Serb
Subject Dalmatian people

Vladan Desnica (September 17, 1905 – March 4, 1967) was a Croatian writer of Serb origin.


He was born in Zadar, then part of Austria-Hungary. His father Uroš Desnica (von Desnica) was politician from noble Serbian Orthodox family from Obrovac and Islam Grčki, descendant of Stojan Janković,[1] and his mother Fani Desnica was from Catholic family Luković from Prčanj near Kotor in what is today Montenegro.[2]

He wrote poems, short stories and novels, usually dealing with the life in cities and villages of Northern Dalmatia. His best work is novel Proljeća Ivana Galeba (Springs of Ivan Galeb), published in 1957, in which he gives first-person account of an intellectual lying in hospital bed and meditating about illness and mortality. He died in Zagreb.

Like many writers who used to work in Yugoslavia, he is claimed both by Croatian and Serbian literature.

His talents were also used for the medium of film. In 1954 he wrote the script for Koncert, one of the most important titles in the history of Yugoslav cinema.

Vladan Desnica is buried in Serbian Orthodox church of Saint George, next to the castle of Stojan Janković in Islam Grčki. The church was destroyed by Croatian paramilitaries in operation Maslenica in January 1993.[3]

His burial was attended by Serbian Orthodox bishop Nikolaj and all the pupils and professors of Serbian Orthodox Seminary of Krka monastery.[4]


  1. ^ Baština dvora Jankovica, Istorijski muzej Srbije, Beograd 2006, p. 92.
  2. ^ According to family tradition Luković family came from Foča (today Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina), over montenegrin mountains to Prčanj (Montenegro) in the 17th century. Don Niko Luković, Prčanj, Kotor 1937, p. 217.
  3. ^ Годишњица страдања Срба у акцији "Масленица"
  4. ^ Чији је Владан Десница

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