Slavko Janevski

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Slavko Janevski
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Born(1920-01-11)January 11, 1920
DiedJanuary 20, 2000(2000-01-20) (aged 80)
NationalityMacedonian
Occupationwriter, editor and comics artist
Years active1945-2000
Known forSeloto zad sedumte jaseni

Slavko Janevski (January 11, 1920, Skopje - January 20, 2000) was a Macedonian poet, prose and script writer. He was also active as a comics artist.[1] He finished high school in Skopje. From 1945 onwards he was the editor of the first teenage magazine called "Pioneer". Janevski is the author of the first novel to be written in the Macedonian language, Seloto zad sedumte jaseni. As script writer he adapted the historical drama "Macedonian bloody wedding" in 1967. Janevski received many awards, among others "AVNOJ" 1968 and "Makedonsko slovo" for the book Thought. He is considered to have laid the foundations of the Macedonian literature.

In memory of his work, on January 29, 2010, in the park "Zena borec" in Skopje was unveiled a monument to him, the work of academic sculptor Tome Serafimovski.

In 2013, the Lustration Commission of North Macedonia announced that it had concluded that Slavko Janevski was a collaborator of the Yugoslav secret services, spying on artists and writers with the pseudonym "Slavjan."[2] This resulted in sharp reactions and non-acceptance of the decision by the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Writers' Association of Macedonia, and the wider Macedonian public.[3]

The Council of the City of Skopje declared 2020 the year of Slavko Janevski, in honor of the centenary of his birth.[4]

Biography[edit]

Janevski was born in Skopje, where he graduated from primary and vocational school. Since 1945 he has been the editor of the first Macedonian children's newspaper "Pioneer", and then he was the editor-in-chief of several literary magazines, such as: the children's magazine "Titovce", the magazines for literature and art "Nov den" and "Sovremenost ", the literary newspaper "Horizon" and the humorous-satirical newspaper "Osten". In the meantime he worked as an editor in the publishing houses "Kočo Racin", "Nasha kniga" and "Makedonska kniga".

In 1946, in Skopje, he, Blaze Koneski, Aco Šopov, Vlado Maleski and Kole Čašule formed the Writers' Association of Macedonia, which at that time had 7 members. After that, Janevski was also the president of the Association. He was also a member of the Macedonian PEN Center, President of the SPE Council, as well as a member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts since its establishment in 1967.

Janevski also left a mark in Macedonian cinema, as the author of several film scripts: in 1967, he adapted the classic historical play by Voydan Chernodrinski, "Macedonian Blood Wedding", directed by Trajce Popov; collaborated with Pande Tashkovski on the film adaptation of the epic war novel "Dosledni na zavetot", renamed "Makedonski del od pekolot", directed by Vatroslav Mimica; and adapted his own humanistic novel "Dve Marii" for the film entitled "Jazol", directed by Kiril Cenevski.

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