Academic journal article Serbian Studies

Mateja Matejic. Down the Stream of the River of Life

Academic journal article Serbian Studies

Mateja Matejic. Down the Stream of the River of Life

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Mateja Matejic. Down the Stream of the River of Life. Belgrade: Raska skola, 2007, 197 pages.

A leading writer in the Serbian diaspora, Mateja Matejic (1924), has written numerous books of poems, short stories, essays, and theological writings. One of his latest books, Down the Stream of the River of Life (2007), is a collection of his essays, necrologies, memories of his close friends, and literary essays.

As it behooves a lifelong Orthodox priest, Matejic opens the book with essays on Orthodox themes about the famous monasteries of Zhicha and Hilandar, and of his visits to Hilandar. As an ardent patriot he could not omit expressing his view about the problem of Kosovo. Furthermore, there are articles about poets, followers of Jovan Ducic in the refugee camp Eboli, necrologies about friends, and Alexander Petrov's article about Matejic's book of poems--Hilandarski rukopis. The book is joined by a complete bibliography of Matejic's writings.

It is not easy to single out essays in this book, but a few of them deserve to be underscored. In the introductory article the author states that besides bodily lepers there are also spiritual ones. No matter how difficult bodily leprosy can be, the spiritual can be even more difficult. …

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