Publié le November 10, 2023 | Updated on November 10, 2023

Aleksandar Boskovic : The Fine Feats of the Five Cockerels Gang

A Yugoslav Marxist-Surrealist Epic Poem for Children

"The Fine Feats of the Five Cockerels Gang" is a Marxist-Surrealist Yugoslav epic poem for children, written by Aleksandar Vučo and accompanied by Dušan Matić’s photocollage illustrations and captions. The poem tracks the adventures of five scrappy, resourceful working-class boys who endeavor to free an equally plucky girl from the evil clutches of a convent school (and its fearsome nuns). While weighing in on various contemporary political issues, the story is unpredictable, action-packed and relayed in richly colloquial language. Matić’s photocollages show “what happened in the meantime” between the “songs” (episodes) of the poem, providing clever twists to the linear plot as well as an illustration of the surrealist concepts of time, space and the transformative capabilities of art.

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    Aleksandar Bošković teaches at Columbia University. He is the author of The Poetic Humor in Vasko Popa’s Oeuvre (in Serbian, 2008) and co-editor of Zenithism - 1921-1927 (2023).
    He was a fellow of the Collegium de Lyon in 2019-2020.

    Ainsley Morse (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2016) est traductrice et professeure adjointe de langue et de littérature russes au Dartmouth College. Elle a publié Word Play : Experimental Poetry and Soviet Children's Literature (2021) ainsi que de nombreuses traductions de poésie, de prose et de théorie.