Today is the 60th anniversary of the death of one of Croatia’s greatest writers..
A number of events have been planned in Croatia to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of poet Tin Ujević, who died aged 64 on 12 November 1955.
Ujević was born in Vrgorac, a small town in the Dalmatian hinterland, and grew up in what were then the provincial towns of Imotski and Makarska, and briefly Zagreb, where he was influenced by the circle of Antun Gustav Matoš.
Ujević distinguished himself in three fields: as a translator, essayist and feuilletonist and poet. He translated numerous works of poetry, novels and short stories into Croatian and wrote more than ten books of essays, poetry in prose and meditations – but his enduring strength lied chiefly in his monumental poetic opus.
His noteable works included Lelek sebra / Cry of a slave (1920), Kolajna / Necklace (1926)Auto na korzu / Car on the street (1932), Skalpel kaosa /Scalpel of chaos (1938) and Žedan kamen na studencu / Thirsty stone at the wellspring (1954).
More than 120 streets in Croatia have been named after Ujević, making him the ninth most common person for whom streets were named after in the country.