INTRODUCTION The publication of an English translation of Njego§'s best poem Lure Mikrokozma (The Ray of the Microcosm) is long overdue. For Prince- Bishop Njego§ (1813-51), one of the greatest and most truly representative Serbian poets, is also a fascinating and profound philosopher and an in- sightful but at times provocative theologian. In the words of James Wiles, his earliest English translator, the broad sweep of his thought, the depth of his mystical insight and the acumen of his genius gained him the somewhat exaggerated reputation of a "Serbian Shakespeare" or, with greater justifi- cation, that of the "Serbian Milton."I Even so, although very popular and widely studied at home, Njego§ is still comparatively little known in the West, except to the relatively small circle of Slavic scholars. But even some of these may be very surprised to realize that Prince-Bishop Njego§'s best poetic and philosophical work, written in 1845, has had to wait more than a hundred years before its first English translation, or indeed any foreign translation (apart from a few brief extracts, published in French). This English translation came from the pen of the late Dr. C. A. Manning, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages at
Southeastern Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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