After intensive two-year preparations „The Collected Works of Petar Kočić"
stand before the reader and the public. This specially prepared critical edition,
and in the opinion of the publisher, the most complete until now, appears in the
year of celebrating 125 years of Kočić's birth, 100 years of publishing his first
collection of stories, 95 years of publishing his first selection of stories in
the edition of Serbian Literary Community in Belgrade, as well as the appearance
of the first issue of the newspaper „The Fatherland".
This edition offers
new reading of Kočić, necessary explanations of all published texts, additions
and comparisons with the earlier editions and, most of all, returning to original
texts and letters which had certain „corrections" in earlier editions. We are
also publishing, until now, the most complete dictionary of archaisms, less known
words and expressions in literary work of Kočić. In this edition the reader will
also find some up to now unpublished texts.
The damaged notebook of Kočić
from the one-year imprisonment in the „Black House" in Banja Luka and the
prison in Donja Tuzla was found in the hand-written legacy of Vladimir Ćorović.
There, the writer was making some notes of certain impressions, reflections, contacts
made with people and prison staff, of outer echoes of freedom, concepts and sketches
of letters. He was playing with the pencil on the paper. This edition is richer
in two, up to now, unknown folklore records from Ratkovo on Zmijanje – a toast
„Va slava" and a poem „Brother and Sister". There are also four up to this edition
unknown letters. Three of those are written to his wife Milka and the fourth most
probably to Jovan Skerlić.
The record „Ratkovo", written in 1891.,
is also very valuable because it shows Kočić's interest in the history and the
tradition of his region and people ever since early youth. This text cannot be
found in any until now published collected works of Kočić.
is a book for itself. It is the most complete and the most reliable bibliography
concernig Kočić done until now. We must also mention that in the period dealt
with by the earlier bibliographies, we have found about seven hunderts of new
bibliographical units in the chapter on literature alone, and translations and
special editions are enlarged with eight new titles.
We must not forget
the fact that this work contains the portrait of Petar Kočić done in oil on wood
by the famous painter Špiro Bocarić, as well as a few until now unpublished photographs,
manuscripts and interesting details from the life and work of this great writer
of Serbian literature.
If this critical, additional and enriched edition
of „Collected Works of Petar Kočić" is reason and necessity to return to
our Kočić in the future as well, more often and more serious then till now, then
the editors will consider themselves entirely successful in their intention.
edition is an effort in finding the best way for further research of Kočić's work,
which is our debt and obligation towards the great writer, fighter and deputy.
the first volume of „Collected Works" we offer to the reader the stories divided
into two parts: „The true fighters" and „Simeun Djak". The second part
contains „The Song-Book of Kočić", „Lyrical Prose", „Lyrical Judgements",
„Sketch from the city life" as well as „Surveys, notes, articles". The
third part of „Collected works" contains „Speeches of the Parliament"
and „Interpellations", correspondence, his letters and letters written to
him, as well as „The Addition with the newly discovered texts and letters of Kočić".
There you can also find the new Dictionary and the Chronology of the writer's
life and work. The fourth book contains extensive and the most comprehensive bibliography
of the writer.