JEFFREY J. FOLKS (Athens, TN, U.S.A) AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MACEDONIAN SHOR T S TOR Y As Milne Holton noted in The Big Horse and Other Stories of Modern Macedonia, the literary history of modern Macedonian is a rather brief one. Despite efforts in the late nineteenth century by Grigor Prli?ev and the Miladinov brothers to establish a liter- ary language, only after the Second World War did Macedonia emerge as an independent Republic of Yugoslavia, and only then did Macedonian literature truly come of age. An early collection of poems by Ko?o Ra?in, Beli Mugri (The Dawn), appeared in 1939. Following the war it was particularly the effort of Blaze Koneski in creating an alphabet and orthography for Macedonian, and in publishing poems and stories in the lan- guage, that began the literary movement which is strongly evi- dent today. All of the writers in this collection are considerably younger than Koneski, although Meto Jovanovski, born in 1928, would have been old enough to remember the war. Indeed, war-the his- tory of war and occupation that has been the history of Macedonia-is one of his central themes through several novels and many stories. The writPrc who followed
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