Dobrica Cosic | Serb writer, 92
Mr. Cosic, a former communist-turned nationalist, was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Serbia. He played an important role in the rise of Serbian nationalism in 1980s, leading to the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Cosic joined the communist guerrilla resistance during German occupation in World War II and became a government official in charge of propaganda after the war. At the time, he had close ties with Yugoslav dictator Josip Tito.
In the 1960s, Mr. Cosic moved away from communism and toward a more nationalist position.