Aleksandar Bošković and Steven Teref have edited the collection Zenithism (1921-1927)–A Yugoslav Avant-Garde Anthology, the first English-language anthology of this eclectic avant-garde movement unique to the Yugoslav region (Academic Studies Press, Nov. 2023).
Zenithism’s founder Ljubomir Micić envisioned the movement as a fusion of futurism, dada, constructivism, expressionism, and proto-surrealism, driven by what he called the “barbarogenius.” A hallmark of the movement was its embrace of cross-genre writing, from Ljubomir Micić’s ciné-poem Rescue Vehicle and Branko Ve Poljanski’s lyric novel 77 Suicides to MID’s lyric philosophic treatise The Sexual Equilibrium of Money. The zenithists promoted their ideas through their journal Zenit and press Biblioteka Zenit. Reaching American readers for the first time, this anthology sheds light on an untapped chapter in European modernism ideal for the general and academic reader alike.
Publication of the book was supported by a Harriman Faculty Publication Grant.
Harriman Magazine (Fall 2022) published excerpts from the Zenithism anthology.