Literary Municipality of Cetinje
The Literary Municipality of Cetinje was a publishing house founded in 1985 by three literary enthusiasts: writer Milorad Popović, poet and art critic Mladen Lompar, and politician Slavko Perović. Its official status was that of a civic association, led by Perović, but it was essentially a cultural association. Alongside its publishing activity, the Literary Municipality of Cetinje also organized literary events and roundtables on cultural issues.
Up until its closure in 1988, the Literary Municipality of Cetinje published several books, most of which contain poetry, and seven issues of ARS – Review of Culture, Art and Science.
The founders of the Literary Municipality of Cetinje found themselves targeted by the local communist leadership due to their “too-liberal” political views, interest in the national question of Montenegro, and sympathy for the works of Yugoslav dissidents.
The main grounds for the closure of the Literary Municipality of Cetinje was the publication of the book Etnogenezofobija by Savo Brković, a prominent Communist official who had been suspected of Montenegrin nationalism since the mid-1970s. The book was considered controversial as it engaged with the ethnic origin of Montenegrins and raised criticism of Greater Serbia nationalism, which was increasingly being propagated by Serbian Communist leaders and intellectuals. Following the publication of Etnogenezofobija in 1988, the Literary Municipality of Cetinje was forcibly closed down. Its president, Slavko Perović was accused of being “politically inappropriate” and was dismissed from the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Montenegro.
- Krstić Draško, Marija