Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Macedonian by Charles Simic. THE BANDIT WIND draws from several of Slavko Janevski's books—the poems are wide-ranging, moving fluidly and powerfully through traditional folk-poem motifs into tightly wrought contemporary imagery in free verse. His poems teem with Hieronymmous Bosch-like strange creatures composed of bits and pieces of men, animals and inanimate objects.
Slavko Janevski (1920-2000), renowned Macedonian poet and novelist, screenplay writer, and painter, was born in Skopje. He joined the Partizans during WWII. At the war's end in 1945, he published the first of several collections of poetry; however in 1966, with Bread and Stone and The Gospel According to Old Peyo, his bold metaphorical experiments established his reputation as one of the most original and compelling of the nation's poets. The presiding imaginative spirit is Sly Peyo with a sensibility U.S. readers can recognize from Indian tricksters' tales. Author City: Skopje YUG