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Free Ebooks
These are some of the new books, reports and papers in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks Library.

13 Books by Aleksandar Donski
13 books by well known Macedonian author and historian Aleksandar Donski are now available in the Pollitecon Free Ebooks Library. The books cover a wide range of topics on the ancient Macedonians and their politics, history, language and relations with other groups including Greeks and Jews. Some of the books are in English and some in Macedonian. One is in both languages. The books are:

- Ancient Greek and Other Ancient Testimonies About the Unique Ethnic Distinctiveness of the Ancient Macedonians





- The Brotherly Historical Ties Between the Jews and the Macedonians in the Holy Land and Macedonia





- Antichko-Makedonskite Istorichari i Nivnite Izgubeni Dela

- Starogrchki I Drugi Antichki Svedoshtva za Posebnosta na Antichkite Makedontsi

- Ancient Macedonians Were Not Greeks

- Antichkite Makedonsi Ne Bile Grtsi

- Isus Hristos I Makedontsite

- Obedinuvanjeto Na Makedonija

- Site Svetiteli od Makedonija

- Tajnata Na Bakarnata Kniga

- The Mystery of the Copper Book

- The Possible Genealogical Lineage Between the British Queen Elizabeth II and the Dynasty of Alexander the Great of Macedonia

- Amerikanski Jasnovidets vo Kontakt so Duxot na AleksandarMakedonski

Six Books by Slave Katin
There are now 41 books by Slave Katin in the Free Ebooks Library. The latest books are:

- Macedonian Millennium Continuity is about the continuity of Macedonia, the Macedonians and Macedonian culture from the Paleolithic period to the present day. It includes discussion of all major historical periods in between and European revisionism of Macedonian history. The book is Here.

- Israel and Macedonia is about the long and many historical ties between Israel and Macedonia and the Jews and Macedonians. These include Alexander the Great, Ptolemy's Macedonian Kingdom in Egypt, Christianity, the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and the Jews in Macedonia. The book, in both English and Macedonian, is Here.




- The Vidinovski Family is a detailed look at the Vidinovski family who now live in Toronto, Canada but were originally from the villages in the Prespa region of Aegean Macedonia and Bitola. The family has for many years been active in the Macedonian cultural and political life of the Canadian Macedonian community. The book is Here.

- The book Esma is a biography of Macedonian singer, Esma Redzepova. After a long international career, in 2013 Esma was the first woman to be awarded the title "National Artiste of the Republic of Macedonia". She has also done significant charity work. The book, in both English and Macedonian, is Here.

- Makedonski Iselenichki Merdijani is a collection of brief biographies about 150 prominent Macedonians from around the world. The people have made a contribution to Macedonian communities, affairs and culture. The book is Here.

- Svetot na Dlanka or The World in the Palm of Your Hand is about the author's travels over many years to 30 countries around the world. Many of these countries also have Macedonian emigrant communities. The author highlights interesting features of each country and their Macedonian communities. The book is Here.

Two Books on DOOM
Dokumenti za Makedonskoto Natsionalno Dvizhenje vo Diasporata (OKM - DOOM - NOFM) - Volumes 1 and 2 by Mile Ilievski are records of the work of these organizations to free and unite Macedonia. The Liberation Committee of Macedonia (OKM) was founded in 1962 in Sweden, and grew to become the Movement for Liberation and Unification of Macedonia (DOOM). At one stage the leader of DOOM, Dragan Bogdanovski, was kidnapped by the UDBA, and the newspaper published by DOOM, Macedonian Nation, was transferred to Australia. Eventually DOOM was renamed the People's Liberation Front of Macedonia (NOFM). Its goal was the liberation and unification of the divided Macedonian people and their homeland Macedonia, and the creation of a democratic Macedonian state that would be a homeland for all Macedonians and members of national minorities. The great majority of the documents are letters between the members and there are also some newspaper articles. Volume 1 is Here. Volume 2 is Here.

The Macedonian National Movement in the Pirin Part of Macedonia
Macedonia Rises - The Macedonian National Movement in the Pirin Part of Macedonia by Atanas Kiryakov and Aleksandar Donski is based on material from the archive of the Macedonian human rights activist Atanas Kiryakov. Mr Kiryakov is from Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria. The book contains a wide variety of documents including testimonies, letters, photographs, articles, legal decisions, and a clear outline of the rights requested and demanded by the Macedonians. In the census of 1946 when Macedonians were allowed to openly declare their ethnicity, around 70 per cent of the population of Pirin Macedonia declared themselves as Macedonians. The material clearly shows that the Macedonians in Bulgaria still do not consider themselves as Bulgarians and continue to work for their rights including self-identification and cultural expression. The book was published by the Macedonian Literary Association "Grigor Prlichev" in Sydney. The English version is Here. The Macedonian version is Here.

Tales of Village Life in Aegean Macedonia
The Bells Will Ring Tomorrow - Tales of Village Life in Aegean Macedonia is a collection of short stories, vignettes and folk tales by Alex K Gigeroff. The stories are rooted in the Macedonian ethnic experience, and are based on peasant life in small Macedonian villages in Aegean Macedonia (Northern Greece) in the last century. The book shows the personal, social and cultural survival struggles of non-literate peasants against the assaults of wars, politics, religious and literate forces. The stories share and transmit the common problems, the understanding and the awareness of one generation to the next, particularly through the relationships shared by grandfather and grandchild. They also preserve a vanished way of life. The book is published by Virginia Evans and is available from VAE Enterprises by emailing Here. The price is C$24 each plus postage and handling. There is a discount for orders of 5 or more.

Book on the Village German
The book Monograph with Memories Album About the Village German Prespa-Region has been translated into English by Elizabeth Kolupacev Stewart. The book was authored by the Organising Committee for the Residents of the Village German as a dedication to the 30th anniversary and the 5th traditional celebration of German villagers held in Trnovo on 20/5/79. The main part of the book the Album has the names of 170 villagers who died in the Ilinden Uprising, the First World War, the Greek Turkish War, the Greek Italian War, and the Greek Civil War. There are pen portraits of 125 of the fallen villagers. The book was written with the help of oral histories from villagers. It has 105 family names and the number of families for each name in 1949, and includes a short historical sketch and geographic information about the village. The book is Here.

Goce Delchev's First Courier
Goce Delchev's first courier was Andon Stojanov Toshev, also known as Doncho Shtipjancheto. A book about Mr Toshev based on testimonies of his daughter, Elena Tosheva Rashenova, covers the major periods of his life, his wife and his wider family. Andon grew up and lived in Ottoman Macedonia. As Goce Delchev's first courier, he helped connect the revolutionary committees on the line Vinica, Stip, Kocani as well as maintain the Stip, Veles, Prilep, Bitola line. In that way the revolutionaries learned regularly and on time what the other committees were doing. The results of the regular post office saw the connections expanded to Sveti Nikole, Kumanovo, Vinica, Pehchevo, Radovish, Strumica, and through Kratovo and Palanka to the other side of the border to Kyustendil. Each week the revolutionaries received letters, newspapers, and political literature. But in the sacks of rice, Done carried cartridges, bombs and, in the saddles, rifles in their parts. For a time Andon was imprisoned by the Turks and then fled to Bulgaria. The book, Andon Stojanov Toshev (Doncho Shtipjancheto) Prviot Kurir na Gotse Delchev Spored Svedoshtvata na Elena Tosheva Rashenova, is Here.

On the Road of No Return
On the Road of No Return by Petre Nakovski is a novel about the Greek Civil War and its thousands of Macedonian refugees, particularly those that it scattered around Eastern Europe and Poland. The novel starts with a realistic depiction of the dangerous conditions leading up to the "bloody showdown" on Mount Vicho, the bombing raids, and the threatening propaganda if Macedonians did not leave Greece. This is a novel about war and its many physical, family and emotional pains that last a lifetime. Importantly, it is told by a Macedonian from a Macedonian perspective. The novel was translated by Risto Stefov. The English version is Here. The Macedonian version, Na Patot Kon Nevratot, is Here.

Two Papers on the Village Gjavato
A book and a paper on the village Gjavato near Bitola are now available in the Pollitecon Free Ebooks Library. The 136 page book Gjavato Hronika, by Giorgi Dimovski and Jovan Kochankovksi, gives a good and informative overview of many aspects of the village and particularly its history, people, and migration. These include a detailed look at life during the Ilinden Uprising, between the two world wars, and Second World War. Unusual for village histories, it also includes discussion on a number of political elections. The majority of early migrants and pechalbari went to Istanbul, Smyrna, Vlashko, Bulgaria and some to Serbia. The paper Gjavato Then and Now also discusses Gjavato's rich early history, its growth, revolutionary spirit, and post war developments. It says these days Gjavashtani also live in Bitola, Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb, Melbourne, Port Kembla, Perth and Columbus. Gjavato Hronika is Here. Gjavato Nekogash i Sega is Here.

Book on the village Brusnik
A copy of the book Brusnik by Aleksandar Sterjovski is now available in the Pollitecon Free Ebooks Library. Brusnik is a village three kilometres south west of Bitola. The book was published in 1992 on the 600th anniversary of the establishment of the village, and it has some data going back to 1468 when it has 18 family groups and 150 to 200 residents. By 1914 it had to grown to around 1,000 people. The 148 page book has considerable information about the village including the names of several hundred residents, some from as early as 1468. The biggest wave of migration was after the Ilinden uprising from 1918-1927, mostly to the US and Canada with colonies in Detroit, Gary Indiana and elsewhere. Other waves were to Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. The book is Here.

Govorot Na Seloto Neret
The paper Govorot Na Seloto Neret by Petre Ristuichin discusses the Macedonian speech in the village of Neret, located southwest of Lerin. The paper says the speech is so closely aligned with the speech in Lagen, Turje and Trsje that the four villages form a small linguistic group. It discusses the technical variations of the speech including a short characterization, and a comparison with western and eastern Macedonian speech. The paper was published by the Institute for the Macedonian Language "Krste Misirkov' in Skopje as a contribution to the research into the speech in Aegean Macedonia. It was published in 2008 on the 60th anniversary of the persecution of the child refugees. The paper is Here.

Books by Other Publishers

A Perfect Stone
The novel, A Perfect Stone, is about an elderly man who cleans out a box and finds something which triggers the memories of a childhood he has hidden from his family and himself. When he has a stroke he begins to speak in another language. Suppressed memories surface and he finally confronts what happened when, as a ten-year-old, he was forced at gunpoint to leave his family and trek barefoot through the mountains to escape the Greek Civil War in 1948. Melbourne author Sylvia Karakaltsas dedicated the book "For every child who was, and is, a refugee seeking the right to a better life." She also thanked her "extended family for sharing their experiences of the Greek Civil War and what it was like being a Macedonian living in Northern Greece. The book is available from amazon.com, Here.

The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Mount Kajmakcalan
The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Mount Kajmakcalan by Ivan Capovski has been translated from the Macedonian by Paul Filev. The publisher says "In the latter years of World War I, renowned Australian writer Miles Franklin travels to the Macedonian Front, joining as a nurse at the Scottish Women's Hospital near Mt Kajmakcalan. Soldiers from many nations surge across a Macedonia that has been partitioned, absorbed by its neighbours. Its people struggle to survive in the face of staggering losses and being forcibly conscripted into foreign armies fighting on their soil. Amidst it all, Miles captures the names and hopes of the oppressed, recording their travails, their quiet triumphs, and the turmoil of a nation affected by events beyond its control. This is fictionalised account of a short period from Miles Franklin's life is based on her own writing and contemporaneous documents, supported by extensive additions from local history and culture." The book is available from numerous online book stores including amazon.com, Here.

Reprint of Indestructible Roots
The book Neunishtlivi Koreni (Indestructible Roots) by Mitre Kajcevski-Micho has been reprinted by the Macedonian Dawn Association and the Bitola Aegean Association. The book is about the villages, the Macedonian people and their lives in the southern Prespa region of Macedonia, Aegean Macedonia and Mala Prespa. Neunishtlivi Koreni was published in 1998 year and covers the history, local vocabulary, legends and statements of old Prespa from 33 villages. The book is a symbolic 300 denars plus postage, and the funds will be donated towards installing two memorial plates to thank the villagers from Dolno Dupeni, Ljubojno and Brajcino for taking care of refugee children and wounded soldiers of the Democratic Army of the Civil War 1944-1949 in South Prespa. The book can be ordered Here.

Stay Airbnb Home in Neret/ Polipotamos

Visiting Neret/ Polipotamos and the Lerinkso region is now easier as there is an Airbnb house in Neret available to rent. The property was developed by Perth businessman Jim Bivoltsis, who was born in the village. The original stone house has been fully renovated with modern bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. It is one of the first houses as you enter the village and is only a minute or two's walk to the centre of the village, the main church and the two tavernas. It is on the side of the hill with the river below and great forest views across to the other side of the valley. There is wi-fi and offstreet parking for two cars. There is more information Here.

Macedonia Needs Macedonians

Please remember that Macedonia Needs Macedonians. The Facebook page for the Macedonia Needs Macedonians group is Here.

Two major tourism portals are Travel2Macedonia which is Here, and Macedonia - Timeless which is Here.

Canadian Macedonian Books
A reminder that Canadian Macedonian Books has a great selection of Macedonian books in English from around the world. These include non-fiction, fiction, children's and cook books. Canadian Macedonian Books is run by Virginia Evans, a former co-president of the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society and founder of the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto. Canadian Macedonian Books is Here.

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