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As the first joint edition of the Serbian Surrealists the almanac Nemoguće-L′impossible was published in 1930 in Belgrade, with the manifesto signed by thirteen founding members of the movement.

Poyicija nadrealizma

The collective activity of the Belgrade Surrealists began in the inspiring atmosphere brought on by two Surrealist manifestoes by André Breton. The members of the Belgrade Surrealist movement published their contributions or acted as editors in avant-garde publications, they released the official periodicals of the movement, and except textual contributions and various forms of extensions to the traditional creative process, in their publications they included the pieces made through visual experimentation, but also published novels, collections of poetry, essays, etc. In the period before the rise of Surrealism as an organised movement, between 1922 and 1930, several periodical publications were released with the contributions or edited by future Surrealists, and bringing texts that were in one way or another related to Surrealism.      

In the journal Putevi, published from 1922 in Belgrade, the collaborators were Marko Ristić, Dušan Matić, Aleksandar Vučo, Milan Dedinac, and others. The new series of this journal was started in 1923, with Marko Ristić and Miloš Crnjanski co-editing its triple issue in 1924. Among other material, this journal published three excerpts from an essay by André Breton, that had appeared for the first time in Littérature, selected and translated by Marko Ristić. In Svedočanstva, Marko Ristić published his article “Nadrealizam” (Surrealism), which was the first paper produced in our culture to address this phenomenon, and it appeared immediately after the publication of the Manifesto of Surrealism by André Breton.           

Between January and June 1926, five issue of the journal Večnost were published in Belgrade, edited by Risto Ratković, including among its collaborators Moni de Buli with his Surrealist texts. Đorđe Kostić, Oskar Davičo, and Đorđe Jovanović, have founded the journal Tragovi in 1928, and Zvezdan Vujadinović 50 u Evropi (50 in Europe), with the collaborators such as Koča Popović, Dragan Aleksić, Dušan Matić, Velibor Gligorić, Ljubiša Jocić, Slobodan Kušić, and others, which kept going until 1933.   

As the first joint edition of the Serbian Surrealists the almanac Nemoguće-L′impossible was published in 1930 in Belgrade, with the manifesto signed by thirteen founding members of the movement. This publication enabled the Surrrealists to engage fully in the collective activity, and side by side with the contributions by the Serbian authors it featured original contributions by the French Surrealists such as André Breton, Paul Éluard, Benjamin Péret, Louis Aragon, René Char, and André Thirion. 

At the heyday of the Surrealist movement in Serbia, between 1930 and 1932, a number of important publications was put out, some of them under the label Nadrealistička izdanja (Surrealist Editions). In 1931, Nacrt za jednu fenomenologiju iracionalnog (An Outline for a Phenomenology of the Irrational) by Marko Ristić and Koča Popović, and Pozicija nadrealizma by Marko Ristić and Dušan Matić, were published. The next year, Anti-zid (Anti-Wall) by Marko Ristić and Vane Bor, and also Položaj nadrealizma u društvenom procesu (The Position of Surrealism in the Social Process), were released.

Except from the almanac, the other publication important as a platform for communicating the Surrealist views, was the magazine Nadrealizam danas i ovde. The magazine was published in 1931 and 1932, with the total of three issues, pushing further with the concept of the direct collaboration between Paris and Belgrade, publishing the contributions from both the Belgrade and the European Surrealists. Beside collective publications, the Surrealists have released substantial number of highly relevant books: the anti-novel Bez mere (1928) by Marko Ristić, Koren vida (1928) by Aleksandar Vučo, a children’s poetry book by Aleksandar Vučo and Dušan Matić Podvizi družine „Pet petlića“ (1933), Turpituda (1938) by Marko Ristić, illustrated with the drawings by Krsta Hegedušić, seized and destroyed as soon as it went into public distribution, and many other also.