Born in Prilep, in the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (present-day Republic of Macedonia), he graduated high school in Bitola. Talev studied medicine and philosophy in Zagreb and Vienna, and Slavic philology in Sofia University (1925). He was the managing editor of the Macedonia newspaper, and a contributor and editor in the Zora newspaper. In 1944 he was arrested by the communist authorities for his patriotic and anti - macedonistic position and sent to the Sofia Central Prison and later to the labor camps Bobov Dol and Kutsian. He was expelled from the Bulgarian Writers' Union and from 1948 to 1952 he was exiled in Lukovit. In 1966 Talev was elected as MP in the 31st Narodno Sabranie (Bulgarian Parliament).
Talev published his first story in 1917 in the newspaper "Rodina" (Motherland), Skopje. Later he continued to publish his literary texts in periodicals in Bulgaria and abroad. His first book, "The Tears of my Mother" was published in 1925. It was a collection of stories and tales for children.
- Arduous Years (Bulgarian: Усилни години)
- The Iron Oil Lamp (Bulgarian: Железният светилник) 1952
- Ilinden (Bulgarian: Илинден) 1953
- Kiprovets Arose (Bulgarian: Кипровец въстана) 1954
- The Bells of Prespa (Bulgarian: Преспанските камбани) 1954
- Samuil (Bulgarian: Самуил)
- I Hear Your Voices (Bulgarian: Гласовете ви чувам) 1966
Short stories and collections
- The Golden Key (Bulgarian: Златният ключ) 1935
- The Great King (Bulgarian: Великият цар) 1937
- The Old House (Bulgarian: Старата къща) 1938
- Novels and short stories (Bulgarian: Повести и разкази) 1962
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