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Literature

Aleksandar Prokopiev

Translated from Macedonian by Will Firth

Човечулец

Homunculus

Homunkulus: postmodern fairy tales for grownups
Homunculus is billed as a collection of sixteen “fairy tales for adults” with something for every reader. The author has largely retained the classical fairy-tale structure with its elements of surprise and the constant intertwining of the real and unreal, but he transcends the sugar-sweet endings we are familiar with. Prokopiev presents us with a wide range of more “mature” themes too – the erotic, the tragic, feelings of alienation. Some of the stories are related to internationally known fairy tales such as “Tom Thumb”, where the main character struggles with an oedipal bond with his mother, or “The Huntsman”, told from the perspective of the hunter sent out to kill Snow White. Others go back to Macedonian folk roots or have been freely composed by Prokopiev himself.

Aleksandar Prokopiev born on February 24, 1953 in Skopje is a Macedonian Ph. D. in comparative literature and literary theory. He is also notable as a writer, essayist and a former member of the eminent Yugoslav rock band Idoli. Aleksandar Prokopiev is considered to be one of most acclaimed macedonian writers. He is two time nominated for prestigous literature award Balkanika.
Aleksandar Prokopiev is winner of literature award Balkanika in 2012 for his novel Homunkulus.
He is winner of Bulgarian literature award Helikon.
Finished postgraduate education in 1982 in Sorbonne, France.
His works are translated in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and many other languages.

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