Mihailo Lalić – a great novelist of Montenegrin literature

October 17th, 2014

This year Montenegro celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Mihailo Lalić. On this occasion the Post Office released a special stamp on the 8th of October. The stamp shows the half portrait of this famous and talented person.

Mihailo Lalić was a prominent novelist of Montenegrin literature.

He was born in Trepča (Andrijevica municipality) village in north-eastern Montenegro in 1914. His most important novels are "Svadba", "Zlo proljeće", "Raskid", "Hajka", "Ratna sreća", and his masterpiece, "Lelejska gora".

He won the NIN Award (NIN magazine's prize for the novel of the year) for "Ratna sreća" in 1973, and was the first recipient of "Njegoš prize" for "Lelejska gora". In his novels he depicted major events in modern history of Montenegro, World Wars in particular, and battling between partisans and chetniks.

He lived in Herceg-Novi and Belgrade, and was a member of both the Montenegrin and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, whose vice-president he was. He was also a member of SKOJ and Communist Party. He died in Belgrade in 1992.