By Petre M. Andreevski
Translated By Will Firth and Mirjana Simjanovska
Pirey, by Macedonian poet, novelist and playwright Petre M. Andreevski,
is one of the most celebrated novels of modern Macedonian literature.
Set during the Balkan Wars, the First World War and the years soon after,
the story follows the major political shifts in the Balkans at the end
of the Ottoman Empire and their catastrophic impact on a Macedonian
village and a married couple, Ion and Velika.
The book is famous for its depiction of life around the time of the
division of Macedonia, its characterizations, and its use of language
and historical setting.
While Ion is in the army, Velika struggles as she watches her children
and her village ravaged by war. In one famous scene, Ion, conscripted
into the Serbian army, and his brother, coerced into the Bulgarian army,
come face-to-face one night on the battlefield.
The author, Petre M. Andreevski, was a Macedonian poet, novelist and
playwright who won numerous awards for his works, many of which have
been translated into other languages. Pirey is his most famous novel
and was a best seller in Macedonia.
This is the first translation of Pirey into English. The translators,
Will Firth and Mirjana Simjanovska, are both Australian professional
translators. Mr Firth has over 20 books to his credit, and Ms Simjanovska
is a teacher and academic.
Pirey is the 11th Macedonian book published by Pollitecon. It is available
in Australia for $25 including postage and GST. Overseas airmail is
Pirey, Paperback, 288 pages, A5 size, Four-colour celloglazed cover,
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