Slavko Janevski

Janevski, Slavko


Born Jan. 11, 1920, in Skopje. Macedonian writer. Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences (1967).

Janevski’s poetry collections The Bloody Necklace (1945), Poems (1948), and Lyrics (1951) reflected events of World War II. He wrote The Street (1950), which takes place in prewar Macedonia, and The Village Beyond the Seven Ash Trees (1952), which deals with the socialist reconstruction of a village; these works were the first novella and the first novel, respectively, in Macedonian literature. Janevski’s poetry collections Bread and Stone (1957) and Kainavelija (1968) and the novels Two Marias (1956) and The Stubborn Ones (1969) interweave the themes of the tragic past of the Macedonian people and the fate of man in the modern world. They are written in an intricate symbolic, metaphorical style. Janevski also wrote the first works of Macedonian children’s literature.

Janevski received the State Prize of the Antifascist Veche of People’s Liberation of Yugoslavia (1968).


Izbor, vols. 1–8. Skopje, 1969.
Omarnini. Skopje, 1972.


Drugovac, M. Kniga za Janevski. Skopje, 1971.
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Professors, academicians, poets, former employees of state institutions and members of local government councils, including such grand names for the Macedonian culture as Slavko Janevski, the author of the first novel in the Macedonian language, writer Bozin Pavlovski and sculptor Tome Serafimovski, have so far been declared by the lustration committee as collaborators of the secret services amidst public protests and outcries.
The anniversary was also marked with the promotion of the memorial busts of Slavko Janevski and Aco Sopov, two important names in the Macedonian literature and initiators of the Association's establishment.
Having in front of them first of all the poetical achievements of Konstantin Miladinov, Grigor Prlicev, Rajko Zinzifov, Koco Racin, Nikola Jonkov Vapcarov, Venko Markovski, Kole Nedelkovski, Mite Bogoevski and some others, the first creations of Blaze Koneski, Slavko Janevski, Aco Sopov, Gogo Ivanovski, and Lazo Karovski appeared in the whirlpool of the war, and together with the prose writers Jovan Boskovski, Gjorgji Abadziev, and Kole Casule, as well as the play writers Risto Krle, Vasil Iljoski, and Anton Panov they mark the beginning of the modern Macedonian literature.
Slavko Janevski, Macedonian author, Skopje, 30 January, age 80.