Zivojin Boskov

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Born(1909-11-29)November 29, 1909
Novi Bečej
DiedMarch 3, 2002(2002-03-03) (aged 92)
Novi Sad, Serbia
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
  • Writer
  • Translator

Živojin Boškov (Vranjevo, today Novi Bečej, 29 November 1909 - Novi Sad, Serbia, 3 March 2002) was a Serbian writer and translated.


He finished high school in Novi Bečej and studied Serbian and Russian literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, where he graduated in 1934. He worked in the revolutionary student movement and in 1934 was brought before the State Protection Court, but was acquitted. He could not get a job until 1939 when he got a deputy position in the local high school in Novi Bečej. He was unemployed during the wartime occupation. From 1943, he participated in the liberation movement. After the Second World War, he worked in the administration in Novi Sad as the head of the Sector for Culture and Education, and in 1946 he was elected professor of a college in Vojvodina. There he taught literature at the Pedagogical School in Novi Sad, and from 1947 to 1952 he was the school's rector. When the school was abolished in 1963, he transferred to Matica Srpska as the manager of the Manuscript Department, and in 1980 he retired from that position. In Matica Srpska, he was the secretary of the Literary Department (1952-1963), a long-term member of the Board of Directors and the Council and one of the editors of the Manuscript Chronicle (1946-1951 and 1953-1957). With great meticulousness and knowledge of the subject, he wrote literary studies, discussions, essays, reviews and notes on our and Russian writers. Undoubtedly, he was the best connoisseur of the life and work of Jakov Ignjatović, and as such he received the recognition of Ignjatović's endowment in Szentendre. His books "Articles from Literature" (Novi Sad 1949) and "Jakov Ignjatović" (Novi Sad 1988) were noticed.[1]

He is best known for his books: "Articles from Literature" (Novi Sad 1949) and "Jakov Ignjatović" (Novi Sad 1988) were noticed.[2]He wrote the Leksikon pisaca Jugoslavije (Lexicon of Yugoslav Writers).[3]Boškov also wrote a large number of prefaces and talks for books that he prepared for print or translation. For the study Mladi Ignjatović (Zbornik Matice srpske za književnost i jezik, 1-2, 1966), he received the October Novi Sad Literary Award (1968). He is also the winner of the Vuk Karadžić's Literary award. For the Serbian National Theatre, he translated the play Varvara by Maxim Gorky from Russian, which was performed in 1945 and 1946, and was also on the repertoire of the Yugoslav Drama Theater. He also translated Gogol's "The Auditor",[4]which was played on the stage of the Belgrade National Park (1962/63). During the staging of Jakov Ignjatović's dramatizations, the directors of the Serbian national Theatre used memoirs and works by Boškov that were collected and prepared for print. He wrote reviews of Serbian National Theatre plays, paying special attention to the director's interpretation of the spirit of certain literary works.


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