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Aco Šopov: Verses of Sorrow and Joy (Стихови за маката и радоста), 1952

1952 Stihovi za makata i radostaРакопис содржина Стихови за маката и радостаThis book, considered the first collection of “intimate” poetry in Macedonia, provoked a controversy in Macedonian literary circles, which divided writers and literary critics into two camps: those who criticised Šopov for abandoning the themes of resistance, revolution and the construction of the new socialist country, and those who defended and justified this development in his poetry.

The ‘battle’ lasted for several years and violent criticism did not spare Šopov’s next book, Merge with Silence, published in 1955.

More information on Verses of Sorrow and Joy, in Macedonian.