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Koštana: A Classic Serbian Drama by Bora Stanković


KoÅtana: A Classic Serbian Drama by Bora StankoviÄ




KoÅtana is a drama by Bora StankoviÄ, one of the most prominent Serbian writers of the 20th century. The play was first published in 1902 and has been adapted into several films, operas and ballets. It is set in the town of Vranje in southern Serbia, where StankoviÄ was born and spent his childhood.


The plot revolves around the tragic fate of KoÅtana, a young and beautiful Roma woman who enchants the local men with her singing and dancing. She becomes the object of desire and obsession for HadÅi-Toma, a wealthy merchant; Stojan, his son; Arsa, the mayor; Mitka, his brother; Marko, a miller; and others. They all compete for her attention and try to win her over with gifts, promises and threats. However, KoÅtana is in love with Grkljan, a poor Roma musician and her father's apprentice.


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The drama explores the themes of passion, tradition, morality, freedom and social class. It depicts the contrast between the rigid and conservative lifestyle of the Vranje elite and the lively and spontaneous culture of the Roma people. It also shows the consequences of unfulfilled love, jealousy and violence that lead to tragedy and death.


KoÅtana is considered to be one of StankoviÄ's masterpieces and a classic of Serbian literature. It is praised for its realistic portrayal of the characters, their psychology and emotions, as well as for its poetic language and rich symbolism. It is also a valuable source of information about the customs, folklore and dialect of Vranje at the turn of the 20th century.


If you are interested in reading KoÅtana, you can find it online in PDF format[^1^] [^2^]. You can also watch some of the adaptations on YouTube or other streaming platforms.


One of the most memorable scenes in KoÅtana is the carnival night, when the town is celebrating the feast of St. George. KoÅtana and her Roma troupe perform in the square, attracting a large crowd of spectators. Among them are HadÅi-Toma, Stojan, Arsa, Mitka and Marko, who are all drunk and infatuated with KoÅtana. They try to approach her and persuade her to leave with them, but she rejects them one by one. She only has eyes for Grkljan, who plays the violin for her.


However, their happiness is short-lived, as Kurta, a Roma leader and KoÅtana's betrothed, arrives with his men. He is angry and jealous of Grkljan and KoÅtana's relationship and demands that she marry him. He threatens to kill Grkljan if she refuses. KoÅtana is torn between her love for Grkljan and her duty to her family and community. She decides to sacrifice herself and agrees to marry Kurta, hoping that he will spare Grkljan's life.


But Kurta is not satisfied with KoÅtana's decision. He wants to humiliate Grkljan and make him suffer. He orders him to play the violin at their wedding and watch as he takes KoÅtana away. Grkljan is heartbroken and desperate. He cannot bear to see his beloved in the arms of another man. He decides to end his misery and stabs himself with a knife. KoÅtana sees him dying and runs to his side. She embraces him and kisses him for the last time. Then she falls dead on his chest. 0efd9a6b88


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