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Academician Bogomil Gjuzel died

The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts regretfully informs the public that today at the age of 82, Academician Bogomil Gjuzel, a full member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, died. On the occasion of the death of Academician Gjuzel, MANU will hold a Commemorative Session through a video conference with the use of Internet communication, for which the public will be additionally informed.

Academician Bogomil Gjuzel, poet, narrator, playwright, essayist, is a member of the third post-war generation of Macedonian writers, the generation that appears in the second half of the fifties of the twentieth century and whose actions will have a decisive influence on the process of dedogmatization and the modernization of the Macedonian literature, contributing to the victory of those forces that fought for the expansion of the horizons of creative freedoms and for the introduction of the Macedonian culture in Europe and in the world.

Academician Gjuzel was born on February 9, 1939 in Cacak, Serbia. He graduated in 1963 at the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University "Cyril and Methodius" - Skopje. In 1963-1964 he worked as a TV presenter in RTV Skopje. In 1964/65 he was on a postgraduate residency at the University of Edinburgh as a fellow of the British Council.

After returning, from 1966 to 1971, he worked as a playwright at the Drama Theater, Skopje, then from 1971 to 1973, as program director of the Struga Poetry Evenings. Since 1976 he has been working as a bibliographer at the National and University Library "St. Kliment Ohridski ”in Skopje, and from 1985 to 1999, as a playwright at the Drama Theater, Skopje. Since 1999 he has been acting director of the Struga Poetry Evenings, until his retirement in March 2004.

In the meantime he was secretary of the Macedonian PEN Center (1963–64), secretary of the Writers' Association for Foreign Relations (1970–72) and one of the founders and first chairman of the Independent Writers of Macedonia (1994), whose bi-monthly literature and culture "Our Letter" is the editor-in-chief since its inception in 1995.

He has participated in the International Writing Program in Iowa City, USA (1972/73) and at the International Poetry Festivals in Rotterdam (1978 and 1995), San Francisco (1980), Herlene (1991), Donkey, Israel (2001), Maastricht and Valencia (2002), Berlin (2006), Lodev (2007), Sarajevo (2008), Zagreb (2009), Vilnius (2010), Istanbul (2011).

The creative work of academician Bogomil Gjuzel includes more than 230 bibliographic units, of which thirty are poetry collections, over 90 units are published poems in anthologies, magazines, collections, etc., 85 units are translations of works by foreign authors, 23 units are prose works, as well as editorial offices and editors of anthologies, collections, magazines, etc. For the work of Acad. Gjuzel has also written a number of reviews and reviews, both from domestic and foreign authors.

The essays that Academician Gjuzel published in the periodicals and some of which are collected in the books "History as a Spell" and "Owl", show us this author not only as an extremely lucid intellectual, who has a high dose of information and comprehensive education, but also as a creator who knows how to find an original and often unexpected aspect of the questions he takes in the center of his attention. This type of texts by Acad. Guzel is the fruit of this author's insight into the essential questions of our age, as well as the result of his passionate desire to find an answer that would be in accordance with his ethical and aesthetic understandings. The attitude of academician Bogomil Gjuzel is always the attitude of a truly engaged intellectual who wants to express his views publicly and loudly, even when, according to all predictions, they could not expect to be welcomed with comprehensive consent. European orientation, intellectual lucidity and universal breadth provide his essays with a duration that goes far beyond the circumstances in which they were written and the reasons that gave rise to them.

When talking about this kind of creative engagement of academician Gjuzel, one can certainly not ignore the manifesto "The Epic of Voting" (signed by the poet Radovan Pavlovski), in which this author in a very original and provocative way presents his views relating to the understanding of poetry, the creative act as well as issues related to cultural and poetic tradition. This manifesto played a significant role in the formation of the Macedonian cultural climate at that time and showed the independent attitude of its signatories towards the official ideological and political matrix which at that time was considered generally accepted. The appearance of this poetic proclamation caused a great wave of curiosity for the Macedonian poetry in the former Yugoslav territories, and in the circles of literary science it is still an object of research and analysis.

Academician Bogomil Gjuzel is undoubtedly our most important translator and interpreter of poetry from the Anglophone literary field. The highly professional attitude towards the complex problems that arise during the translation of the poetic works from the classics, conscientiousness and refined taste adorn this part of the creative activity of this author. Thanks to his translation enthusiasm, language skills and a really studious approach, the most famous plays of William Shakespeare (eighteen in total) have been published in Macedonian. In addition, Gjuzel is a translator of TS's poetry choices. Eliot, V.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, E. Dickinson, Ezra Pound, WB Yates, Seamus Heaney et al. and compiler (along with Louis Simpson and Serge Fochro) and translator of a serious and revealing Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.

He is the winner of the most important literary award "Miladinov Brothers" for the best poetry book between two Struga (twice) and the award for translation opus "Kiril Pejcinovic". He is also the winner of the main prize at the International Writers' Meeting in Zagreb in 2002.

He was elected a full member of MANU on June 4, 2012.

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