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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 55 | volume X | July-August, 2007



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 55July-August, 2007

Dušan Jovanović – Game of Faith and Humanity

Liberation of Skopje by Dušan Jovanović (Matica Makedonska, 2007)
– Editor’s essay –

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Liljana Mazova

A view up to the lifework of Dušan Jovanović (1939), its limits, views on his widely various theatrical and wider opus, his linkage and significance with/for Skopje, are the light-motive for the book Liberation of Skopje, subtitled as Anthology ─ game and Destiny. The book, which has the title of the most played and most highly ranked drama by Dušan Jovanović Liberation of Skopje (474 pages), I split it in four parts: Dušan Jovanović About Himself: Who am I now?, a brilliant autobiographical text and Are the Theater and Politics a Same Thing?, essay; Selected Dramas: Liberation of Skopje (translated by Gane Todorovski), Karamazovi (translated by Ilija Milčin), Top Secret (translated by Branko Varošlija), Antigone (translated by Maja Lape), The Wall, The Lake, then Exhibitionist and Karayan Ce (all translated by Lidija Dimkovska); Trialogue: theatrology works – Long and Sincere Love Relationship (Liljana Mazova), Dušan Jovanović, the Liberator of Skopje (Jelena Lužina) and A Theater that Speaks of the Man and Only of the Man (Alja Predan); Factography: Bibliography and Theatrography of Dušan Jovanović, Dušan Jovanović through photographs and Theater Plays by Dušan Jovanović played in Macedonia (seven plays staged five of his dramas). The publishing of this book was financially assisted by the Ministries of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Slovenia, m-r Trifun Kostovski and RICO, Ltd. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The idea for this book is by Dušan Jovanović himself, author that works on many fields: drama and theater, essays, human studies, scenario, pedagogy, etc. His plays are being translated in numerous languages, played at as many theater stages around the world and awarded at as many Festivals and Reviews. The most famous, most played, most translated and most awarded of his plays, is Liberation of Skopje. On one of ours meetings in Skopje, he simply told me about his wish to publish a book of plays in Macedonian language, at least those played in Macedonia. And that should happen a long time ago, but it just didn’t occur to anyone up to now! That should occur to someone much before, because Jovanović firmly placed Skopje at the world’s theatrical map and memory even three decades ago with his play Liberation of Skopje. That play is also memory of the part of his childhood in Skopje.
    Dušan is the only child born at the marriage of Ljubomir (son of Ana Hrisafidu, Greek from Athens and of Rista Jovanović,

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