The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Kajmakčalan
by Ivan ČAPOVSKI
Translated from Macedonian by Paul FILEV
Miles Franklin, renowned Australian author and namesake of Australia’s most prestigious literary award, served as a nurse in the Ostrovo Unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, situated near Lake Ostrovo and Kajmakčalan Mountain in Aegean Macedonia during the latter part of the First World War (1917–18). Her determination to aid others guides her through the horrors of the war, encountering the field hospital staff including AG Pollard, a painter from Dublin with whom she shares a tent, and a young Macedonian girl named Lina Sorovičeva, whose life and world have been devastated by the war.
A cross between Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety, Hans Fallada’s A Small Circus and Hans Koning’s Death of a Schoolboy, it employs the historical present and a complex narrative structure with differing points of view. An uncommonly fascinating anti-war novel, the work skillfully weaves personal history with fiction in a vivid account of life at the Aegean Macedonian Front during the First World War.
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- Scheduled for publication in mid-2020
About the author
Ivan Čapovski was born in 1936 in the village of Požarsko, Aegean Macedonia. Today he lives in Skopje, Macedonia. He has published more than twenty works of poetry and prose and has twice been shortlisted for the Macedonian daily Utrinski Vesnik’s Award for Best Novel of the Year.
About the translator
Paul Filev is a translator living in Melbourne, Australia. He is the recipient of a Dalkey Archive Press Fellowship. He translates from Macedonian and Spanish. His translations include Alma Mahler by Sasho Dimoski (Dalkey Archive Press, 2018), Blue Label by Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles (Turtle Point Press, 2018), the anthology Contemporary Macedonian Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press, 2019), and the short-story collection My Husband by Rumena Bužarovska (Dalkey Archive Press, 2019).