After Ninety Years: The Story of Serbian Vampire Sava Savanović Milovan Glišić

ISBN: 9781517484521

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After Ninety Years: The Story of Serbian Vampire Sava Savanović  by  Milovan Glišić

After Ninety Years: The Story of Serbian Vampire Sava Savanović by Milovan Glišić
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A classic of Slavic vampire literature from 19th century Serbian author Milovan Glišić, “After Ninety Years“ tells the tale of Sava Savanović, who haunted the watermill in the village of Zarožje. Because Glišić wrote 17 years before Bram Stoker’s “MoreA classic of Slavic vampire literature from 19th century Serbian author Milovan Glišić, “After Ninety Years“ tells the tale of Sava Savanović, who haunted the watermill in the village of Zarožje.

Because Glišić wrote 17 years before Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” introduced bats and Transylvania to the vampire trope, he based his story on the folktales and folk beliefs of villagers in the mountains of western Serbia along the Drina River valley. As such, it represents a treasure trove of ethnographic information and offers insights into authentic vampire lore before the creation of the modern pop culture vampire.With a foreword by vampire literature and film expert Andrew Boylan, and extensive explanatory footnotes by translator James Lyon.The language Glisić employs is the vernacular of the uneducated and illiterate rural population in the mountainous regions of western Serbia along the Drina River valley in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In contrast to the heavily ornamented and wordy prose so common among his 19th century contemporaries in Russia and the west, Glišić deliberately wrote in a sparse, plain, and raw style, accurately reflecting the mannerisms of village life and culture, an approach used by Mark Twain in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.Similar to 19th century American author Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Rip Van Winkle, Glišić mined local folklore to retell the story of the vampire Sava Savanović.

As such, the text presents a wealth of ethnographic material.Glišić offers valuable insights into the roles of women and children in the traditional patriarchal Serbian zadruga, a family-based agricultural cooperative that formed the basis of village life. The role of alcohol in hospitality, causing and settling disputes is also quite evident. And village gossip plays an important role in the everyday life of both men and women. Of particular note is Glišić’s description of the folk beliefs surrounding vampires, how they are found, how they are killed, the forms they take, their physical appearance, etc.

In this, Glišić accurately reflects folk beliefs still present today in many rural areas of the Balkans.



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