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The stamps have been issued in 20-stamp sheets, and two First Day Covers (FDC) have also been issued.
Number: 420

FAMOUS CROATS - 100th Anniversary of the birth of the writer Dobriša Cesarić

Cesarić's poetry is unassertive, simple in expression, written in connected verse, but the austerity of form takes nothing from the immediateness of the experience and expression.

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Value:2,3 HRK
Design:Orsat Franković, designer, Zagreb
Size:35,5 x 29,82 mm
Paper:white 102 g, gummed
Perforation:14, comb
Technique:Multicolor Offset Printing
Printed by:"Zrinski" - Čakovec
Date of issue:24.01.2002.
Quantity:300000
The stamps have been issued in 20-stamp sheets, and two First Day Covers (FDC) have also been issued. 2.30 HRK - 100th Anniversary of the birth of the writer Dobriša Cesarić Dobriša Cesarić, writer and translator, was born in Požega on January 10, 1902. He was educated in Osijek, and later in Zagreb when the family moved here in 1916. As a child he used to have holidays with his family in Opatija, and throughout his life he used to carry visions of northwestern Istria in his mind, as well as the national problems of that area. He had several professions in his life and worked as librarian, lector and editor. He was only fourteen when he published his first poem in 1916. Since then, up to his death he wrote and translated, enriching the Croatian literature by each of his poems. Together with Vjekoslav Majer, the devotee of the world of little things, Cesarić initiated the literary magazine "Ozon" (Ozone) that unfortunately appeared in only one issue. This is why Cesarić, at this early stage, started collaborating in the journals of that time: "Plamen" (Flame), "Kritika" (Review) and "Književna republika" (Literary Republic). He issued his first collection of poems that were already published, entitled "Lirika" (Lyric Poetry) in his personal edition in 1931. He was awarded the Yugoslav Academy prize (nowadays the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts), which was a great recognition for his work. He was only 29 at that time. The second collection with the characteristic title Rescued lights, was published in 1938 in an edition of Matica Hrvatska. Following books continued enriching the Croatian poetry and were well accepted both by the readers and the critics: "Izabrani stihovi"(Selected verses) (HIBZ, 1942), "Plamen" (Flame) in 1951, "Osvijetljeni put" (Illuminated way) in 1953 and "Izabrane pjesme" (Selected poems) in 1960. A selection from his poetry, "Slap" (Waterfall) has seen several editions. In recognition of his work Cesarić was elected member of the Academy in 1951, and became president of the Association of Croatia's Writers in 1962/3. In 1969 he was awarded the national Lifetime Achievement Award "Vladimir Nazor". He died in Zagreb on December 18, 1980. Cesarić's opus is not a big one: 127 poems that were selected and published in books and some thirty more that he never included in any of his collections in his lifetime. He had always known how to select an appropriate title for his poems as well as his cycles, always fine and harmonious: Views of the heart, Illuminated moments, Spring that is not mine, and the like. He had also published a number of critical and memoir notes, and a book of poetic translations. He translated verses from Russian and German, Bulgarian and Slovene. His numerous readers know many of his poems by heart, not only because they have read Cesarić while at school and ever since the days of their first love experience, but also because his verses are easily retained in the memory as the speech of the animated soul, unsurmised love, surging interior life, radiating spiritualness, stimulated by the value of an intimate meeting or barely noticed beauty of nature: "Voćka poslije kiše" (Fruitree after rain), "Oblak" (Cloud), "Noć tajanstva" (Night of mistery), "Poludjela ptica" (Bird gone mad), "Slap" ( Waterfall), "Pjesma mrtvog pjesnika" (Dead poet's poem). Having been very susceptible to other people's troubles, he had found closeness to social lyric that directly reacts to injustice and evil in society as well as to the misery and poverty of the people he used to meet: "Mrtvačnica najbjednijih" (Poor people's morgue), "Vagonaši" (People living in railway carriages), "Balada iz predgrađa"(Suburbian ballad). Cesarić's poetry is unassertive, simple in expression, written in connected verse, but the austerity of form takes nothing from the immediateness of the experience and expression. This is the reason why numerous poems have been set to music and sung as chansons. He did not write a large opus, but he has introduced a number of new words that have become part of theCroatian language. All the other words that he has introduced in his poetry were given a new and unique luster, an intimate gilding of feelings. Moreover, the immediateness of his poetic speech can be remembered as a personal experience of one's own.


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