In the Foreign Legion
The poet's experience in the Foreign Legion.
Tin Ujević, a great Croatian poet and famous bohemian, enlisted in the Foreign Legion just before the start of the First World War. At that time, he was extremely politically active, while his literary work stagnated. Living in Paris at the time, he wanted to be sent to the Balkans and take part in the historical events that would soon take place there. He was traveling on a ship which, as promised to the legionnaires, was to be anchored somewhere in Dalmatia, after which an uprising would be launched.
Ujević traveled to Boka Kotorska at the end of the war. There, the ship was hit by a rocket, during which the poet suffered a minor concussion. Due to an injury, Ujević ended up in Avignon instead of Dalmatia, from where he left for Paris a few months later. He continues his political activities there.
(Jasen Boko: Tin Ujević – biography: thirty years of travel, 2017)