Mehmed Meša Selimović

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Mehmed Meša Selimović (born April 26, 1910 in Tuzla , † July 11, 1982 in Belgrade ) was a Yugoslav author and theater man.


He attended grammar school in his hometown and enrolled in the Philosophical Faculty of Belgrade University in 1930 . He graduated there in 1934 and worked at schools in Tuzla until 1941. It was there that he also experienced the first two years of World War II .

In May 1943 he fled to the liberated area and joined the partisans there.

From 1947 Selimović lived in Sarajevo and worked there as a professor at the Pedagogical Faculty, artistic director of Bosna-Film , director of the National Theater and editor at the Svjetlost publishing house .

Selimović's ethnicity has repeatedly led to controversy , especially since the fall of Yugoslavia . Although he was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina to a Muslim family, he stressed on several occasions that he was a Serb. In his memoir Sjećanja he writes that he was able to trace the roots of his family back to the Serbian Orthodox Drobnjaci clan in eastern Herzegovina. Selimović was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature , but never received it.


  • Prva četa story, published in 1951
  • Noć i jutra (Day and Night) (screenplay) 1958
  • Tišine (novel), published in 1961
  • Tuđa zemlja 1962
  • Derviš i smrt 1966; German " The Dervish and Death " The plot of the novel is set in 17th century Bosnia. Bosnia is a western province of the Ottoman Empire at this time. The focus of the novel is Sheikh Ahmed Nurudin, from whose perspective the novel is also told.
  • Za i protiv Vuka (For and Against Vuk) 1967
  • Tvrđava was published in 1970
    • The fortress. Historical novel. Translated from Serbo-Croatian by Barbara Antkowiak . Verlag Volk und Welt, Berlin 1977.
  • Krug published in 1983, unfinished
  • Sjećanja . Belgrade, 1976; 1976; 1979; 1981; - also published by Svjetlost. Sarajevo, 1976; German "the memories" - Selimovic's autobiography


Web links

Commons : Meša Selimović  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Meša Selimović: Sjećanja , p. 20.