A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Serbian / Serbia

Koga se tiče kako žive priče
(The secret life of stories)

Aleksić, Dejan (text)
Veselinović, Maja (illus.)
Beograd: Kreativni Centar, 2013. – 81 p.
ISBN 978-86-7781-987-3

Literature – Writing – Storytelling – Metafiction

One story is envious of another because the latter is so much more interesting and exciting. Another story pines for a different ending, while still another talks back to its author and stubbornly opposes him at every turn. Dejan Aleksić’s children’s book is aimed at young readers and proves that one need not study literary theory to have fun with the playful narrative possibilities of metalepsis, the interweaving and entangling of different narrative planes. By cleverly anthropomorphising the stories, which can speak – especially with their author – and the author himself turning to his readers, Aleksić (b. 1972) is able to wittily introduce readers to the system of literature with its patterns and particularities. The book received the 2013 Belgrade Book Fair award in the category of children’s book and was honoured as “funniest” children’s book at the Lazarevac Komik Festival. (Age: 6+)