Tin Ujević

Jul 5, 1891 - Nov 12, 1955(64)

First drunkenness

Student days and Tino Ujević's first drunkenness.

Despite his parents' desire to become a priest, Tin enrolled in the Croatian language and literature, classical philology and aesthetics at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. At the beginning of his studies, he started writing poetry. His first published poem was the sonnet "Za novim vidicima" in the magazine "Mlada Hrvatska", in which he continues to publish his works.

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He lived at many addresses in Zagreb - in small apartments, in sheds and in attics. He lived modestly because he wanted to support himself by writing. He hung out with Matoš, Kovačić and Wiesner. He was happy to talk with Matoš, then a young and innovative poet, in the Bauer cafe, which was located on the corner of Ilica and Frankopanska.

Tin spent his mornings in the library, reading and writing, and spent the afternoons and evenings in cafes. He lived on water and white coffee. During his student days in Zagreb, he did not consume alcohol at all. This is why he remembered his first drunkenness. He got drunk for the first time on Easter in 1910. Then, discussing with Matoš, he drank half a liter of wine, which then gave him a headache. It was just the beginning of what would follow after going to Paris, and then to Belgrade...

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