Selfish in pain, lordly in aphorisms

Collected works of Milan Dug Krivokapić "Opširno nebo", presented in Nikšić

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Photo: Svetlana Mandić
Photo: Svetlana Mandić
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Many say that Nikšić is a small town, but I cannot find myself in it", said Milan Dugo Krivokapić, journalist, aphorist, poet.

And just when he found himself, at the end of 2008, he went to a better, safer place, looking for himself and the truth. Radio Television Nikšić (RTNK) published Krivokapić's collected works "Opširno nebo" and promoted them on Stage 213, but also gave a gift to all who came to once again "sail" through the sky that Dugo "sailed" for a long time until "out of restlessness he left on some eternally beautiful day".

General director of RTNK and editor of the publication Nikola Marković said that the idea to publish Krivokapić's collected works came from Dug's cousin Nataša Ždralević, who suggested a reprint edition of one of Dug's books. At Marković's suggestion, it was decided that these would be collected works, which were published in the "Special Editions" edition of RTNK, and in this way, as he said, that media house paid tribute to one of the most famous people from Nikšić.

From the promotion
From the promotionphoto: Svetlana Mandić

"Thanks to her, Mihail Perošević and Voj Krivokapić, who were the generators of all this, we decided to restore the culture of memory of respectable and important people from Nikšić. That is why I am glad that we are witnessing a new spirit of RTNK where people will respect each other, where we will respect, appreciate and remember those who came before us, because that is how we can expect people to respect us and respect what we do", he said. Markovic.

"Opširno nebo" was edited by Aleksandar Ćuković, M.Sc., who wrote in the introductory text that Krivokapić seems to introduce himself with the line "Here I am a wonderful sufferer", from which one can sense the poet's aspiration for infinity and wanderings in which all kinds of life's noise are silenced by his soothing voice that says "I put all happiness in your hands".

"A stranger to himself and the world, Nikšić's wonderful sufferer, poet, aphorist and journalist, Milan Dugo Krivokapić, left verses and records of a permanent search for the purpose of the endless and countless hiding places of this cruel world, in which, walking, as a burden, he always multiplied one in his mind and the same anxiety - vague, so to speak", stated Ćuković in the introductory text entitled "Necklace of pain for the vast sky".

According to his words, Dugo wore the "necklace of pain" calmly and with dignity, without trying to burden anyone with that jewelry. He also explained why they decided to name the collected works "Extensive Sky".

"Adorned with pain, he writes that each of us has a canyon Nevidio, and cries - 'I need light and heaven and sky'." His sky is vast, he spits on its vastness. Those who knew him better claim that he does so even now, in that same sky. In an age that is not for small things, when nothing is as it was before, when time turns completely gray, when life thickens and compresses, only death came to him as vast as the sky".

He remained for a long time, as Ćuković pointed out, consistent with "selfishness" and he did not give pain to anyone, although there was enough pain to share it with both known and unknown people. That's why he shared (o)laughter in vain, because he knew that all injustices and stumbles come more easily with laughter.

"Criticism of reality and society, explicit and sharp, never shallow, was expressed by Milan Dugo Krivokapić through an aphorism that suited him like a gentleman. With aphorisms, but also notes, short satirical stories, anecdotes and jokes, the writer managed to write a kind of humorous diary about a more than serious time. "All the adversities, wars, restrictions, inflation, poverty, polemics, shortages, rudeness, bad taste, instability, personal and collective stubbornness and failures somehow fell easier with Dug's comment", said Ćuković.

The aim of the book, as he emphasized, is to comprehensively present the creativity and work of Milan Dug Krivokapić, "an author who paid tribute to the city in which he never managed to find himself, but also to testify to the old one that the source of humor is not in joy, but in sorrow”.

"He wrote the history of an era, state and city in a humorous tone, permanently preserving certain names that are no longer current or live in the memories and stories of a small number of people from Nikšić. The richness and value of Krivokapić's aphorisms and satirical writings lies in the fact that he masterfully managed to depict the character and mentality of Montenegro, and especially Nikšić, which, under its expansive sky, did not forget him", concluded the editor of Dug's collected works.

The reading and proofreading of the book "Opširno nebo" was done by professor Mihailo Perošević, who said that Dugo Krivokapić is among the five Nikšić poets, along with Vukman Otašević, Vito Nikolić, Dragan Radulović and Gojko Janjušević, but also revealed that RTNK is preparing an edition of Vukman Otašević's collected works.

Participating in the program, led by Kristina Radović, was Nataša Lalatović, who read Krivokapić's poetry, but also her fairy tale about Dug, as well as Anđela Peković and Radojka Draganić, who read their texts written on the occasion of celebrating ten years since Dug. of death.

At the promotion of the collected works, a documentary film about Krivokapić, authored by Sonja Vujadinović, was shown.

Milan Dugo Krivokapić worked for 26 years as the editor and presenter of the "Taximeter" show on Radio Nikšić, and with more than 2.000 radio shows, he surpassed the famous Duško Radović.

In recent years, he hosted the show "Daleko se kazalo" and "Nikšićke piče" on Television Nikšić.

He published three books of poetry, "To the devil", "I live like that" and "Nakako te nema" and two aphorisms, "Daleko se kazalo" and "Afo(k)rizmi".

He is the recipient of several awards, including the "Zaloga" literary award, the "Branko Drašković" journalistic award, as well as Nikšić's highest award, the "18. September".

"It's easy to be a man first, you have to be a man after all," said Dugo. It was easy for him to be human both before and after everything.

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