Juraj Tušiak

the poet, prosaist, redactor and journalist
Juraj Tušiak
( 26. January 1935 - 17. January 1986 )

Juraj Tušiak was born in January 23, 1935 in Bački Petrovac. Elementary and high school he finished in his birth town. In the years 1954-1956 he studied in the Pedagogical college in Novi Sad. As a pedagogical professional he lectured in Čelarevo, Bački Petrovac and Maglić (1956-1963), later he worked as a journalist in Hlas ľudu (Voice of People) (1963-1970) in Bački Petrovac and Novi Sad. He was a readactor in the youth magazine “Vzlet” (1970-1972) and in the year 1972 also a redactor of magazine Nový život (New Life). He became a redactor of children magazine Naši pionieri (Our Pioneers), resp. Pionieri since the year 1963 and in the year 1973 he became its chief redactor. He was a member of Association of Writers of Vojvodina. He died in Iriški Venac, in January 17, 1986.

He published collections of poems Raspberries in January (1962) and Blue poem (1977), also books of children verses Handful of merriment (1959), Simple words (Bratislava, 1969), Fatherland (1982) and Green bunny (Bratislava, 1985, the editor Ján Turan). He wrote eight books of stories as well and two theatre plays for children. His books were translated in Albanian, Hungarian, Russian and Serbian languages. He translated so far not comprehended number of poetry and prose books from Serbian to Slovak and from Slovak to Serbian language. Two times he won Prize of Nový život (New Life) (1968, 1972), also Prize of “Obzor” for a book Fourth grade spring (1979) and Republic Prize “Neven” (1970) for the book Simple words.

Víťazoslav Hronec, translation: Andrew Ušjak