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Below are some of the numerous additions to the Pollitecon website
over the past few months.
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:
Greek and Other Ancient Testimonies About the Unique Ethnic Distinctiveness
of the Ancient Macedonians
Brotherly Historical Ties Between the Jews and the Macedonians in the
Holy Land and Macedonia
Istorichari i Nivnite Izgubeni Dela
I Drugi Antichki Svedoshtva za Posebnosta na Antichkite Makedontsi
Macedonians Were Not Greeks
Makedonsi Ne Bile Grtsi
Hristos I Makedontsite
Svetiteli od Makedonija
Na Bakarnata Kniga
Mystery of the Copper Book
Possible Genealogical Lineage Between the British Queen Elizabeth II
and the Dynasty of Alexander the Great of Macedonia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Books by Other Publishers
A Perfect Stone
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,
The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Mount Kajmakcalan
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
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
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
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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