Mihailo Lalic (1914-92).
His first book of short slories, Izvidnica (The Reconnaissance Patrol), appeared in 1948, but it was not until a series of novels--Svadba (The Wedding, 1950), Zlo proljece (The Evil Spring, 1953), Raskid (The Break, 1955), Hajka (The Chase, 1960), and his best work Lelejska gora (Leleja Mountain, 1957, 1962)--that he received universal recognition as one of the best living Serbian writers. He was a one-theme writer--the last war and the fratricidal struggle between the partisans and their opponents in Montenegro. But Lalic was not concerned with the realistic depiction of war as much as he was with man's behavior toward his fellow man. In Lelejska gora he follows the odyssey of a partisan leader left behind enemy lines and hunted like a wild animal, until he is freed of all restraints and concerns that civilization had imposed upon him, and is faced with the problem of naked existence. Some of his other works are short stories--Prvi snijeg (The First Snow, 1951), Gosti (Guests, 1967), Poslednje brdo (The Last Hill, 1967)--and the novel Pramen tame (A Patch of Darkness, 1970).