Mara Đorđević Malagurska

Spouse Dragoslav Đorđević
Date of birth December 20, 1894
Date of death July 09, 1971
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Personal situation

Mara Đorđević Malagurska was born in Subotica in 1894 in a Bunjevac family. She was married to Dragoslav Đorđević, a respectable citizen of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, who was a professor in a secondary school in Subotica, a zhupan (county leader), the mayor of Subotica and a member of the Senate of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

She died in Belgrade in 1971.

Place of birth Subotica
Place of death Beograd
Nationality Bunjevac
Marital status Married

Professional situation

Her Bunjevac origin influenced her literary work, mostly her language and topics. Mara Đorđević Malagurska wrote about the customs and culture of Bunjevci, who had a favourable political position in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, unlike their position prior to 1918, when they had been under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In 1926, she published her book Bunjevački običaji u slikama (Bunjevac Customs in Images). She founded the Bunjevci Educational Matica.

In 1933, her short story "Vita Đanina" was published in its entirety for the first time in the collection Vita Đanina i druge pripovetke iz bunjevačkog života (Vita Đanina and Other Short Stories from the Bunjevac Life). That very same year, she received the award ot the Serbian Royal Academy, while "Vita Đanina" got an award of the "Cvijeta Zuzorić" Society. That short story received special attention from critics and readers because of a new topic and language (the Bunjevac language). Also, the narrative technique differed from the literature written in the interbellum period in the territory of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. This short story is expressed in the form of a skaz. The author shows a contrast between the rich and the poor residents of the Bunjevci neighbourhood in the first decade of the 20th century, before World War I, which is why this story could be considered social literature.

The collection was printed again in 1940, this time in Subotica in the Latin script.

Mara Đorđević Malagurska edited the book Bunjevka o Bunjevcima (A Bunjevac Woman on Bunjevci). She wrote the play Manda Vojnićeva, whose premiere was supposed to be held at the National Theatre on April 8, 1941. However, due to the bombing of Belgrade on April 6, it was not held.

The interest in the literary work of Mara Đorđević Malagurska did not diminish after the war. In 1951, Prosveta from Belgrade published "Vita Đanina". In 1954, the Bunjevci Matica from Subotica published the entire collection. 

Profession(s) and other activities playwright and fiction writer/novelist

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