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Negovan Rajić

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Négovan Rajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Негован Рајић; Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 24 June 1923;[1] - Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, 29 March 2021[2]) was a Serbian-born French Canadian [3]novelist, short story writer and playwright. He wrote in both French and Serbian.

Describing the Second World War and its aftermath, Rajić once wrote, "I belong to a generation that ended up abroad."[4]


In 1944, he joined the resistance after completing his studies in engineering at University of Belgrade. He was posted in charge of communications by the Royal Yugoslavian underground army from 1944 to 1945. In early 1946 he was forced to flee the country clandestinely when Tito's Communists usurped the Royal Yugoslav government of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and took over the entire country by force[5]. After spending a short period of time imprisoned in Allied concentration camps in Austria, Italy and Germany, he arrived in Paris, France in 1947 where he took post-graduate studies at the prestigious Institut Polytechnique de Paris. Afterward, he worked at two jobs, one as a freelance writer and broadcaster in charge of technical news at a radio station from 1951 to 1963, and the other as a research engineer at a Solid State Physics Laboratory from 1956 to 1963. He also taught electronics at a technical school in Strasbourg, from 1963 to 1969.

After immigrating to Canada, he arrived in 1969 in Quebec and became a professor of mathematics at Cégep de Trois-Rivières where he taught until retirement.

He died at the medical clinic -- CIUSSS MCQ-Centre St-Joseph[6]-- in Trois-Rivières, on 29 March 2021, at the age of 97 years and 9 months. He was the husband of the late Mirjana Knežević Rajić. Rajić is survived by his son Nicolas Rajić and daughter Anna Rajić Brković and his grandchildren -- Alexia, Mathilde, and Thomas Brković[7].


  • Les Hommes-taupes (novel), 1978[8], translated by D. Lobdell as "The Mole Men", 1980[9];
  • Une histoire de chiens (1980)[10]
  • Propos d'un vieux radoteur[11](short story collection), 1982, translated by D. Lobdell as "The Master of Strappado", 1984[12];
  • Sept Roses pour une boulangere: Recit, 1987,[13]translated by D. Lobdell as "Seven Roses for a Baker", 1988;
  • Service pénitentiaire national[14](short story collection), 1988, translated by D. Lobdell as "Shady Business";
  • Vers l'autre rive. Adieu Belgrade[15](To the Far Shore)[16]

He was a contributor to anthologies and wrote short stories and satires in Serbo-Croatian as Živko Vuletić, his nome de plume


  • Negovan Rajić: ka drugoj obali by Ljiljana Matić (1994)[17];
  • Negovan Rajić (dossier d'archives), 1994[18];
  • Review of the Study Centre for Jugoslav Affairs, publisher: Study Centre for Jugoslav Affairs (1970), contributors include Negovan Rajić, page 738[19];
  • Bibliography of Sources on the Region of Former Yugoslavia by Rusko Matulic (2014), page 293[20];
  • Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher by Diana Johnstone (2020)[21]
  • The History of Serbia by John K. Cox (2002), page 219[22];
  • Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy by David Ketterer (1992), page 35[23][24];
  • The South Slav Journal - Volume 28, Issues 1-2 - Page 139[25];
  • Bibliografija francuskih dela prevedenih u Srbiji i Crnojgori - Page 147[26]
  • A History of Canadian Literature, page 457[27]
  • XYZ.La revue de la nouvelle, Number 13, Spring 1988, pages 3-80[28]
  • Serbs in Ontario: A Socio-cultural Description, editors Sofija Škorić and George Vid Tomashevich, Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada (1987), page 258[29]


  • In 1978 he received the Prix Esso[30]for "Les Hommes-taupes";
  • 1980, the Prix Air Canada for Une histoire de chiens ("A story of dogs");
  • 1984, the Slobodan Jovanović Prize from the London-based Association of Serbian Writers and Artists Abroad for Propos d'un vieux radoteur ("About an old rambler");
  • 1988, the Prix littéraire de Trois-Rivières also known as Gérald Godin award for Sept roses pour une boulangère ("Seven roses for a baker"); and
  • 2001, the Gérald Godin award for Vers l'autre rive. Adieu Belgrade ("Towards the other shore. Farewell Belgrade").
  • 2005, the Radoje Domanović Prize for Ljudi krtice (Mole People).

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