OpEd

"Where is the Serb who looks ahead?"

Three Serbian writers, two contemporaries, one from distant times, unmask the flaws of Serbian society. With sarcasm, irony, often with harsh language, they oppose the weak immune system of the nation

Good writers do not always praise their people. Sometimes they bring to the surface the flaws, the bad, the negative sides. For example: when the members of that people cross any line with foolishness, the writer is concerned with describing and exposing these foolishnesses.

In addition to war criminals (causers of stupid things with bloody consequences), Serbia in recent decades has also catapulted writers on the public stage, who acutely analyze the mental mutilations of society.

Bora Qosiq, who is not related to Dobrica Qosiq, is one of the Serbian authors with a broad horizon and an unparalleled will to expose Serbian national values. Serbs, he wrote almost two years ago in the Swiss newspaper "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", are an irrational people. Their thieving blood, ambivalent behavior, inherited through the long Turkish occupation, their unquestionable heroism and malicious humor - all these together have caused a lot of uncertainty in this people, but also surprising actions. , which have often harmed him, no!

Bora Qosic lives in Berlin. He also often spends time in Rovinj. Rovinj is a Croatian coastal town. In terms of architecture, it is more similar to Italian cities than the majority of Serbia. From a distance, perhaps the inside of a people can be seen better. Bora Qosiq is convinced that, while other nations have taken steps towards Europeanization, the Serbs have only learned the use of the bathroom from the Turkish invaders. In a more direct translation, the Turks have taught the Serbs to bathe.

Beyond generalizations: what have Serbs learned in the last decades, after the wars of the 90s? They have taken up the glorification of war criminals. Last summer, Serbian war criminal Nebojsha Pavkovic, sentenced to 22 years in prison for war crimes in Kosovo, spoke to the students at the "Gjura Jakšić" school in Novi Sad via video link from the prison in Finland. If only the poor students knew what the writer Gjura Jakšić said in the XNUMXth century: after riding the horse, he had turned his back on the horses, and the surprised horseman had asked him: why did you turn your back on the horses? Gjura Jakshiqi had replied: "Where is the Serb who looks ahead?"

Deep in history should also be the messiah that not only the fans from the stands of the football stadium are looking for ("Srbija do Tokija"). But, as Franz Kafka wrote, who died 100 years ago, the messiah will come when he is no longer needed, he will come only after his coming, he will not come on the last day, but on the very last day.

Until then, long live the messiah of piercing irony and the enfant terrible of Serbian literature, Svetislav Basara. In an interview for a Croatian medium, Basara states that Serbian society does not have an immune system that would repel political figures like Slobodan Milosevic, Aleksandar Vuciqi or Vojislav Sesheli. Even worse: Serbian society, not always aware, creates such figures, thinks Basara. According to him, it is foolish to think that Milosevic and Vucic have appeared out of nowhere and rule through fear.

Between 1987 and 1999, Basara continues, 99 percent of the Serbian population supported the Greater Serbia project of Slobodan Milosevic and Dobrica Qosic. Serbian society is prone to psychic epidemics because it is not a community of free citizens, but an arithmetical crowd. Serbia loses in peace because it does not know - and probably does not even want - to live in peace. Not only with others, but also with yourself. Serbia has been out of the modern world with one foot, with the murder of Zoran Djindjic it has left the modern world with both feet. Djindjic's project was a humane, contemporary and institutionalist Serbian society, separating pseudo-mythology from politics, but 99 percent of Serbs did not like this, they worshiped Slobodan Milosevic and Dobrica Qosic. In short, Basara explains about 40 years of Serbian politics.