Acad. Milan Gjurčinov was born on 28th of July 1928 in Belgrade. In 1951 he graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy at Belgrade University on the group of Slavic Studies. In 1959 he collaborated with prof. Anton Ocvirk on the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana. He specialized at the University “Lomonosov” in Moscow and in 1960 at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius” he defended his doctoral dissertation: “A turning point in the life and literary work of A. P. Chekhov “. In the academic year 1960/61 he was staying at the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, where, together with Professor Charles Dedajan worked on the study “A. P. Chekhov in France”.
Acad. Milan Gjurčinov was a professor at the Faculty of Philology at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius “in Skopje in 1953, and since 1971 he is a full Professor of New Russian Literature. He was Head of the Department of Slavic Studies, and in 1980 he has founded the Department of Comparative Literature on which he was its head. Then, he was a member of the editorial board of the magazine “Reviews” and President of the Struga Poetry Evenings.
Acad. Gjurčinov actively participates in international and national congresses, symposiums and other meetings, and on all Seminars on Macedonian Language, Literature and Culture in Ohrid. He is a member of many social and cultural associations and editorial boards. Acad. Milan Gjurčinov developed a rich and varied social and cultural activity by which he belongs to that group of Macedonian intellectuals who can be called representative when it comes to cultural promotion of Macedonia. He is distinctively productive author. All his works can be grouped into four areas: 1) literary-historical studies, 2) criticism, 3) anthologies, 4) literary-theoretical works. Literary and historical works are related primarily to the Russian literature and central part takes the studies for Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and Pasternak. But many other essays on certain Russian writers testify to the steady living interest of the author of Russian literature in the past and today and for its inclusion in the Macedonian cultural horizon.
However Acad. Gjurčinov is primarily a critic. In this he exhibits a lively and fruitful activity, representing the mainstreams and courses of Macedonian literature and the contribution of individual authors in it. Closely related to the critics work is his activity as anthologist, which has a major contribution to the affirmation of Macedonian literature since his anthologies are published in several languages abroad. From historical and literary critics activity stems the interest of the author to literary theory, to which he devoted many articles.
Acad. Gjurčinov is the most subtle Macedonian literary critic, who with his broad education and cultivation, with its pluralistic views of the creative phenomena and criteria of the highest domain, infused a new spirit in the interpretation of literary works in our environment, approaching literary critical activity to the European standards.
He is a member of several international bodies and associations: the Presidium of the International Slavic Committee, the Executive Council of the European Society of Culture (Venice) and others. Since 2002 he is a member of the Mediterranean Academy in Naples, Italy. Acad. Gjurčinov is a member of the Macedonian PEN Center and the Writers’ Association of Macedonia since 1956, and was its president in one term.
As Corresponding member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts he was elected on 7th of October 1988, and as a Full member he was elected on 21st of April 1994.