Bulgaria and Serbia have some amazing stuff, it is a pity it will never be translated to English. Serbia has really good prose writers and Bulgaria has some of the best poets.
I think Ivo Andric is one of the Serbian authors that has had most of his works translated in English. Milorad Pavic and his amazingly inovative Dictionary of the Khazars. I am fond of Borislav Stankovic. Mesa Selimovic is also great, Death and the Dervish and The Fortress are both beautiful works, although I think he might be Bosnian and not Serbian, not really sure. A personal favourite of mine is Branislav Nusic, his autobiography is a very fun read and one of the funniest books, it is not the best from him, however, I read it in the exact time of my life when I needed something like it.
Bulgarian literature is also fantastic. Botev and Vaptzarov are two poets born ahead of their time and sadly died prematurely, both fighting for the ideas presented in their works. Ivan Vazov has written over 200 poems. His Epic of the Forgotten is one of the most biggest and most epic works created. And by biggest I do not mean by size, what I am talking about is the ideas,symbolism and importance of the work. Geo Milev's September is an epic retelling of one of the most tragic events in recent Bulgarian history. Iovkov is a master of the short story, his war tales are great at one hand, I would say he is similar to Remarque in his ideas, however where he truly shines, together with the other big Bulgarian short story writer - Elin Pelin is in capturing the life of the everyday person in the Bulgarian village. Legends of Stara Planina is one of the best short story collections, easily in my top 10.
There is also Bulgaro/Macedonian writer Dimitar Talev, his tetralogy on the Macedonian resistance during Ottoman rule is one of the most massive works, on par with Quiet Flows the Don.
Romanian is most famous for Cioran and his pessimistic views on life,however, he has been translated in English and is easily accessible.
If you have any questions,feel free to ask, I can expand.
>>7631830 He got the Nobel the same year Tolkien and R. Frost were nominated. The Bridge on the Drina is his most famous work, but my personal favorite is The Damned Yard but I have no idea if its been translated to English fully.
>>7631830 Apart from his most famous novel - The Bridge on the Drina, I would recommend Bosnian Chronicle, which is actually named Travnik Chronicle in Serbian, even the title is wrongly translated so I don't know anything about the contents. It is a great story about Bosnia as seen through the eyes of the Western European, some of the parts are still valid today. Another good work of his is Gospodjica, but I don't think it is translated.
For Slovene you have old guys Prešeren and Cankar. As for the new, you have always actual Alamut (i think i've english epub somewhere if anyone is interested) from Bartol, and Drago Jančar. Fairly big modern author.
In my previous post forgot to mention one Albanian book which I really like and think everyone should read - The General of the Dead Army by Ismail Kadare. It is Albanian socialistic realism so of course the topic is the resistance against the fascist Italian presence, even though the book is biased in the presentation it is still a worthwhile read.
>>7631805 >I think Ivo Andric is one of the Serbian authors that has had most of his works translated in English. The fuck? Born in today's Bosnia&Herzegovina. Wrote mainly about Bosnia. Croatians claim him as their writer because he first identified as Croatian. Serbs claim him as their writer because he later identified as Serbian.
How the hell is he a "Serbian author" then??? Typical Balkan...
>>7633740 Croats, Serbs who became Muslim and other Turks who came and stayed there* Also it's Bosniaks and not Bosnians as Bosnians is used for all people from there essentially. >>7631590 Anyway Tin Ujević Antun Gustav Matoš Miroslav Krleža Ivan Aralica Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Ivan Gundulić Marko Marulić
I don't think any are translated into English except Brlić Mažuranić which can be found here http://ia700406.us.archive.org/7/items/croatiantalesofl00brli/croatiantalesofl00brli.pdf
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