Vasko Popa

Vasko Popa (1922–1991) was born in the Banat region of northern Serbia, then part of Yugoslavia. During World War II, he joined the Communist underground and was imprisoned in a German concentration camp at Bečkerek. After the war, he graduated from Belgrade University and published his debut collection, Kora (Bark), in 1953, the first of his eight books. He came to be known as the most famous Yugoslav poet of the twentieth century, as well as the most translated.