Radovan Perović

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Ulog, Ottoman Empire
Died5 May 1944
Podgorica, Montenegro

Radovan Perović also known by the name of Tunguz and Nevesinjski (Ulog, Ottoman Empire, 1879 - Podgorica, Montenegro under Nazi occupation, 5 May 1944) was a Serbian writer.

Radovan Perović-Tunguz was educated as a cadet of the Serbian government and defended his doctoral dissertation in history entitled "Montenegro on the eve of the Crimean War" at the University of Brussels. There he acquired the title of "Doctor of Philosophy" in 1912. He worked as a substitute professor of history in Belgrade and Skopje, and after 1918 in the high schools in Nikšić and Podgorica. He ended his life as a member of the Chetnik movement, dying during the bombing of Podgorica on 5 May 1944. Posthumously, the communist government of Yugoslavia tried to implicate him in a pre-World War I conspiracy against King Nikola I of Montenegro.[1]

Literary work

In his 1906 novel Iz zemlje plača (The Land of Wailing) Radovan Perović-Tunguz Nevesinjnski presents Bosnia and Hercegovina as a “land of wailing” where the “foreigner” ruled everything: “. . . the forests in the hills and the birds in the forests, . . . and the fish in the stream, and the ox and the plough, and the seed in the furrow, and the wheat in its ear, and the shepherd with his flock, and the flute in his mouth, and the wind in the caves . . .” (pp. 85-86).[2]

Literary critic Jovan Skerlić in his seminal work Istorija nove srpske književnosti (1914) wrote:

Од млађих приповедача, Радован Перовић Невесињски (1878*), родом Херцеговац, оживео је стару фолклорну приповетку Стјепана Митрова Љубише. Издао је до сада збирку приповедака Горштакиње (Београд, 1906) [и С орловских кршева (Београд, 1914)] и политичко-национални спис Из земље плача (Београд, 1906). Сем тога знатан број његових приповедака растурен је по листовима и часописима. Перовић, приказујући живот херцеговачких и црногорских брђана, показује добро познавање средине и народног живота, уноси свој жив и јак темпераменат, рељефно слика типове, пише речитим и врло богатим народним језиком....

Of the younger narrators, Radovan Perović Tunguz Nevesinjski (1878 *), a native Herzegovinian, revived the old folklore story of Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša. He published so far a collection of short stories Gorštakinja (Belgrade, 1906) and S orlovskih krševa (Belgrade, 1914) and the political-national writing Iz zemlje plača (Belgrade, 1906). Besides that, a considerable number of his stories are still scattered in newspapers and magazines. Perović, showing the life of the Herzegovinian and Montenegrin mountaineers, demonstrates a good understanding of the environment and how people live, brings his lively and strong temperament, in relief he paints types, writes in eloquent and very rich vernacular...." (page 384)[3]


  • Gorštakinje[4]
  • S orlovskih krševa (1914)[5]
  • Iz zemlje plača (a novel, 1906)[6]
  • Srbadija: epopeja (1931)[5]
  • Sa strana zamagljenih: pripovetke (1928)[5]
  • Dobromir Hrs i njegova doba (1937)[7]


  1. https://books.google.ca/books?id=gMWTGwAACAAJ&dq=Radovan+Perovi%C4%87-Tunguz&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjX67zy-qrvAhVSMawKHWIFDV0Q6AEwAnoECAQQAQ
  2. "JSTOR: Search Results".
  3. https://www.antikvarne-knjige.com/elektronskeknjige/assets/uploads/Ist_nov_srp_knjiz.pdf
  4. Perović, Radovan (March 12, 1988). "Gorštakinje: (izbor iz proze)". Zadrugar – via Google Books.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Cite web|url=https://worldcat.org/identities/viaf-305581066/%7Ctitle=Tunguz-Perović, Radovan [WorldCat Identities]
  6. Hajdarpasic, Edin (September 30, 2015). "Whose Bosnia?: Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840–1914". Cornell University Press – via Google Books.
  7. Perović, Radovan Tunguz (March 12, 1937). "Dobromir Hrs i njegovo doba". Državna štamparija – via Google Books.

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