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Duško Radović

(1922-1984)

Duško Radović, the spiritual father of our Little Theatre, was born in 1922 in Niš. He was the editor-in-chief of „Pionirske novine“, editor of Radio Belgrade’s Program for Children, editor of Television Belgrade’s Program for Children, editor of „Poletarac“ journal, a journalist of „Borba“, and as of 1975, he was the editor of Studio B. He passed away in 1984 in Belgrade.

Those who loved and respected him the most, noted about him:

For Everything He Took – He Paid

„Even those of us who will never die must keep saying that we will all die, out of consideration for those who will die“, said the more than considerate poet of Belgrade, journalist, thinker, and the greatest „frowner“ among children – Duško Radović.

Those who knew him say that Dušan – derived from „duša“ (soul) and Radović – from „radenost“ (diligence), were indeed the names of his – destiny. How the author of „John Peoplefox“ and „Terrible Lion“ strove to free us of stupidity, the authorities, bad habits, insensitivity to kindness – is testified by his books of poems and aphorisms, notes from cult shows titled „Good Morning Belgrade“, the words by which children, quoting him, try to explain themselves and the world. And there was nobody who looked so little like a child, but who had the soul of one – his friends assure us to this day.

„Radović wrote stories and poems, announcements and signs-off, lyrics and skits, kitchen proverbs and picture-books, aphorisms and advertisements, synopses for films and celebrations, slogans for public cleaning company’s campaigns, texts uttered by registrars at weddings...“ he did not, they say, like being called a poet, he who was a recipient of Andersen’s and Zmaj’s awards, the pioneer among poets who opposed social realism. The regime did not like him much either.

Often in disfavour with the regime because of his trenchant and pungent messages, misunderstood even posthumously (like with the Slovenes when they signed him with a „new name“), Duško Radović, that Zmaj after Zmaj, „was not erased by an eraser“ even after 15 years. Perhaps thanks to the fact that, as he claimed about himself, he went through life as one goes through a supermarket: for everything he took – he paid. 

His most prominent works are: "Kapetan Džon Piplfoks" (Captain John Peoplefox) (1953), radio-game;"Poštovana deco" (Respected Children)(1954), poems; "Smešne reči" (Funny Words)(1961), poems; "Pričam ti priču" (That’s a Lot of Bunk)(1963), poems and stories; "Na slovo, na slovo" (Guess What Begins with Letter...)(1963-1965), television serial; "Če, tragedija koja traje" (Che, A Tragedy that Continues)(1969. with M. Bećković), epic; "Vukova azbuka" (Vuk`s Alphabet)(1971), poems; "Zoološki vrt" (Zoo)(1972), poems; "Beograde, dobro jutro 1" (Good Morning Belgrade, 1)(1977), aphorisms; "Beograde, dobro jutro 2" (Good Morning Belgrade, 2) (1981), aphorisms; "Ponedeljak, Utorak, Sreda, Četvrtak" (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), poetry and prose for children in four volumes; "Beograde, dobro jutro 3" (Good Morning Belgrade, 3) (1984), aphorisms.

The woks of this author have been translated into all major world languages. Radović is the recipient of the most regarded awards: Neven (Marigold), Mlado pokolenje (Young Generation), the award of Zmaj`s Children`s Games, awards of Sterija`s Theatre, Seventh of July award, and the scroll of honour of the Hans Christian Andersen International Organization of Children`s Literature.