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Date of birth:
19.03.1943
Place of birth:
Strumica
Membership in MASA:
Full member, 2007
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Field of expertise:
Literature

Biography

Acad. Mitko Madžunkov was born on 19th of March 1943 in Strumica. He finished Primary School (1949-1957) and high school (1957-1961) in Strumica and graduated on Philology, World Literature Theory of Literature in Belgrade (1961-1967). For a year he was working as a teacher and in 1971 was employed in the Library of the City of Belgrade. Acad. Madžunkov began writing as far back as high school student, but as his literary beginning is considered the publication of the story “Resurrection” in Belgrade Student in 1965. In the period 1965-1968, he often published stories in Belgrade newspapers and magazines (Student, Horizons, Delo, Savremenik, Youth), and his name still appears in Literary news, Literary speech, Književnost, Politika, Nova Makedonija, Razgledi up to Književni List. During that time he got several student and city awards for stories, edited the famous “Debate 17” of the Department of world literature, participated in numerous literary evenings, and his work even before he published the first book was represented by famous writers (Nikola Milosević, Danilo Kiš, Marko Nedić, etc.).

In that period Mitko Madžunkov published in Serbian. His first book of short stories “Strange Meeting” (Horizons) was published in 1970, and for the second “Kill talkative dog” (Prosveta) he has received the prestigious award “Isidora Sekulić”. These books are very highly valued by numerous Serbian critics, including Acad. Predrag Palavestra, Dragan M. Jeremić, Miloš Bandić, Ljubisa Jeremić, Cedomir Mirković, Marko Nedić, Predrag Protić, Mirko Miloradović, Blagoje Jastrebić … His first nove “Tower on the Hill” (Prosveta, 1980) was rated as the best work and by many critics was stated as the book of the year.

In his Belgrade period Acad. Madžunkov has published seven books in the Serbian language and is considered as a bilingual author, but even while he  was living in Belgrade, right after the publication of the novel “Tower on the Hill”, he has started slowly untying himself from Belgrade literary community and fully dedicated to work in his native language.

Besides these already mentioned books of stories, “Strange Meeting” and “Kill the talkative dog”, Acad. Madžunkov has published five books of short prose (“The Edge of the World”, “Paradoxical Sleep”, “The Tree of Narayana”, “Abduction of Europe”, “Astragalus”); three books of essays: “Stork loner and his flock”, “Chekhov or The Secret of Narration”, “The Birthplace of Literature”. Most critics consider that the peak of his works are the novels: Tower on the Hill, the House of Alexander, March towards the Other Land, Time of reindeer, Birds from last year’s nests. He is the author of several dramatic plays (The Great Grasssnake, The Shadow, The Waste Land, Trip for Lihnidos, The Mill, Big deal, etc.) staged in theaters and published in separate books. Acad. Madžunkov compiled the anthology Stories of Belgrade I-II.

His works have been translated into English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish and other languages, and is represented in many anthologies and choices. He has translated several books, mainly from Macedonian to Serbian.

Acad. Madžunkov has won several literary awards: “Isidora Sekulić”, “Racin”  award, Novel of the Year of Detska Radost, Book of the Year of the Macedonian literary foundation, Novel of the Year by Utrinski Vesnik; twice received the Annual Award of his hometown Strumica, and in 2015 won the state award “11th of October”.

Acad. Madžunkov is a member of the Association of Writers of Serbia since 1970, and the Writers’ Association of Macedonia since 1986. At the same time he is a member of the Association of Independent Writers.

Since 2006 he lives in Macedonia, again.

As foreign member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts he was elected on 27th of May 2003 and as a full member on 1st May 2007.

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