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Many top quality new books have been added to the Pollitecon Free
Ebooks Library so please read to the end in case you miss a good one.
New Book From Pollitecon
The Life Story of Tanas Kirev
Life Story of Tanas Kirev is a 90 year autobiography of a Macedonian
man born in the village of Neret in Aegean Macedonia. The story starts
with his family and early life in the village, and moves to key events
in the Second World War and the Greek Civil War and their consequences.
In search of a better life, the author migrated to Western Australia
and found a full life with work, marriage, family and community. Although
intended as a family record, the author is happy to share his experiences
with those interested in Macedonian history and in a migration story
of sanctuary, freedom and opportunity. The Life Story of Tanas Kiev
is the 15th book published by Pollitecon. The free ebook is Here.
Majka My Mother's Story
My Mother's Story by Helen Manou is the biography of Sofia Kolaczkos,
one of the teenage Macedonian ‘mothers' who had the responsibility of
looking after a group of child refugees as they fled Greece at the end
of the Greek Civil War. Sofia was from the Lerinsko village of Medovo
near the villages of Robi and German. The story starts with life in
the village and quickly moves to the Macedonian fight for freedom and
the consequences for the family. At age 18 she was asked to lead the
evacuation of the children of her village. The journey led through Yugoslavia
and eventually to Poland and a home with 3,000 refugee children where
she looked after the children and taught them the Macedonian language.
Following marriage and motherhood Sofia and her family came to Australia
and settled in Adelaide, while her parents had moved to a new life in
Skopje. Unlike many Macedonian child refugees, after many years Sofia
was able to revisit her village. Sofia's story is told in the first
person by her daughter, Helen Manou. The book is Here.
The Macedonian People's Revolutionary Struggle 1876-1912
book The Macedonian People's Revolutionary Struggle 1876-1912 looks
at the many uprisings and other events that Macedonians undertook to
free themselves of Turkish domination. "The book begins with the famous
1876 Razlovtsi Uprising which took place in the village Razlovtsi, near
Delchevo, and ends with events covering up to 1912. It provides a clear
overview of the most important historical events, struggles and efforts
made by the Macedonian people to free themselves from Ottoman slavery,"
says Academic Mihailo Apostolski. It also looks at efforts to gain cultural,
educational and religious rights, and the devastating consequences of
the Ilinden Uprising. The book is authored by three academics from the
Macedonian Institute of National History, Risto Poplazarov, Krste Bitoski
and Gligor Todorovski, and was translated by Risto Stefov. The ebook
The Macedonian version, Nacionalno-Revolucionernite Borbi Na Makedonskiot
Narod 1876-1912, is Here.
Evidence of the Existence of Macedonians Throughout the Ages
book Evidence of the Existence of Macedonians Throughout the Ages is
a collection of international historical documents and quotes that show
the historical and continual existence of the Macedonians. The material
starts from the ninth century and moves through to 1935. The compiler,
Risto Stefov, says his intention is to expose the falsity of Greek propaganda
about the origin of the modern Macedonians. He says the documents prove
that "contrary to Greek claims, without a doubt that Macedonians have
existed throughout the ages and continue to exist to this day", and
that the book is a very small sample of the data that is available in
Macedonian archives. The ebook is Here.
The Stone of Robi Now Also in Greek and English
play, Kamenot od Robi - The Stone of Robi by Dushan Ristevski, is now
also available in Greek. The monodrama is dedicated to the child refugees
of Aegean Macedonia. Its central character is Pavlina Montisheva, a
refugee who after many years returns to her village of Robi, but finds
that her childhood home is occupied by a Greek settler. The play explores
many personal as well as political themes. The play is also available
in English and Macedonian versions, and the Macedonian version uses
the Lerinski dialect. The Greek and English versions are Here.
The Macedonian and English versions are Here.
book Gjavato Chonicle by Giorgi Dimovski and Jovan Kochankovski has
been translated into English by Elizabeth Kolupacev Stewart. Located
near Bitola, the village of Gjavato controlled a mountain pass and in
early Ottoman times the villagers "had to keep guard of the pass against
attacks from various thieves, troublemakers, those outlawed by the Ottoman
rulers etc" and by doing were excused from all taxes. The book looks
at Gjavato's early history, economy, church and cultural activities,
and then focuses on its modern history, politics and work migration.
Ms Stewart said there are not many texts about her parents village so
when she found Gjavato Chonicle she thought "it would be good to translate
it so that the descendants of this pechalbarsko village around the world
could read about it. The focus is on the efforts against the Ottomans
and then the efforts of the partisans." It ends with the liberation
of the village in November 1944. The English version is Here.
The Macedonian version is Here.
Flashes of Eternity
book Odblesotsi od Vechnosta or Flashes of Eternity is the second novel
by Melbourne based Nove Mladenovski, author of the science fiction novel
Izmeshani Svetovi or Mixed Worlds. Izmeshani Svetovi was an allegory
about the political troubles and fate of Macedonia, and Odblesoci od
Vechnosta is a sequel to its story about the Empire of Ma. In this novel,
the sinking of half of the land of Ma in a Great Flood illustrates the
deep scars in the collective mentality of Macedonians from the over
100 year division of the Macedonian people. The book reviewer, Vasil
Totsinovski, says Mladenovski is "deeply concerned for the future of
Macedonia" and that "Macedonian national characteristics are readily
recognisable, such as tolerance, perseverance, kind-heartedness, simplicity
and naivety, which have often been abused, as well as good will, sociability,
loyalty and humanity." The ebook is Here.
novel Hatred-Deep by Dragica Najcheska is an exploration of problems
that can be encountered in cross-cultural marriages, in this case a
Macedonian wife and a German husband. Maria and Hellwig live in Germany
with their son, but also with Hellwig's parents. Unfortunately for Maria,
her mother-in-law's family has a World War II connection with Macedonia.
Social, psychological, political and historical issues arise that lead
to the breakup of the marriage and mental health consequences for Maria.
The story leads to an understanding of the reasons for the attitude
of her in-laws and a resolution about the care of her son. The English
version of the book is Here.
The Macedonian version, Omraza-Dlaboko, is Here.
Two Collections by Slave Katin
collections of articles about the Macedonians in Australia by author
and journalist Slave Katin are now available as free ebooks. Avstralija
Crkvi (Australia Churches) is 33 articles about the many Macedonian
churches in Australia and also some of the literary and artistic organizations.
Pechatot vo Avstralija is 29 articles about the many Macedonian newspapers
and periodicals published in Australia, including historical ones. All
of the articles in both books are well illustrated. Avstralija Crkvi
Pechatot vo Avstralija is Here.
book Makedonski Holokaust by Slave Nikolovski-Katin explores the many
themes and stories about the tragic modern history of Macedonia and
Macedonians. These include the division of Macedonia and its consequences,
the denationalization of the Macedonian people, the devastation of villages,
the migration of Macedonians around the world, the child refugees, many
of the deserted villages in Aegean Macedonia, and the people and places
of Pirin Macedonia. The author says the book is about the Macedonian
people, including those who are still oppressed and assimilated and
still cannot achieve their basic human rights. The book is Here.
Ilinden vo Ljubojno i Prespa - Ilinden in Ljubojno and Prespa
book Ilinden vo Ljubojno i Prespa - Ilinden in Ljubojno and Prespa is
explores the history and a wide range of topics about the Prespa region
in Macedonia and many of its villages. These include Ljubojno, Slivnitsa,
Krani, Arvati, Shtrbovo, Nakolets, Brajchino and Dolno Dupeni. There
are also sections on Dolna Prespa and Mala Prespa, including their history
and people. The book is well illustrated with many colorful photos.
The authors are Slave Nikolovski-Katin, who is from Ljubojno, and Boshko
Rajchovski-Pelisterski. The book is in both English and Macedonian.
The book is Here.
Life in Aegean Macedonia
In My Father's House
The article In My Father's House by Pande Kostadinovski is the account
of a Macedonian child refugee from the Greek Civil War who after 38
years is able to visit his family village of Medovo near Lake Prespa
in Aegean Macedonia. Among the interesting information about the village
is a very personal story of the author visiting his childhood home,
the memories of his family members and their fates, and his meeting
with a Macedonian couple where the husband was forced to fight for the
Greek Government while the wife and other villagers fought with the
partizans. After leaving Poland as a child refugee, Pande Kostadinovski
lived in Skopje and was a language teacher, interpreter and translator
and worked in the school system and at the main Skopje library. He is
the brother of Sofia Kolaczkos, the subject of the book Majka My Mother's
Story written by her daughter, Helen Manou. The article is Here.
More Free Ebooks
There are over 400 free ebooks in The
Pollitecon Free Ebooks Library.
Books by Other Publishers
The Diary of the Macedonian Martyr Dragan Bogdanovski
Diary of the Macedonian Martyr Dragan Bogdanovski is a new book from
the Macedonian writer and political activist who campaigned for Macedonian
civil rights and founded the Movement for Liberation and Unification
of Macedonia (DOOM) and the right-of-centre VMRO-DPMNE political party.
Kidnapped by Yugoslav spies in Paris in 1977 he was secretly transported
to Yugoslavia and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The Dairy is his
account of his capture, his time in prison and his suffering at the
hands of the notorious UDBA, the State Security Service of Yugoslavia.
The book is published by The Overseas Committee of VMRO-DPMNE Perth
and Adelaide. It is available in both English and Macedonian editions.
If you would like a copy, please deposit $25 per book to BSB: 066117,
Account No 10090306, and then either call or text (preferably text)
0423 237 484 or 0424 160 160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
payments details, whether you want the Macedonian or English version,
and your delivery address.
Prespa Agreement and its Effects on Macedonian Right to National
academic and legal campaigner Igor Janev has published the book Prespa
Agreement and its Effects on Macedonian Right to National Identity:
An act of ethno – genocidal termination of the national identity. The
publisher, Lambert Academic Publishing, says the book is an analysis
of the legal aspects of Macedonia's admission to the United Nations,
that the additional conditions imposed on Macedonia for its admission
were violations the UN Charter, and that they were of a discriminatory
legal status. "As a consequence Macedonia was the first state admitted
as the nameless sovereign subject in the United Nations. As a result
of additional conditions Prespa Agreement emerged, lacking proper legal
and valid identity. This treaty by its blatant limitations related to
self-determination of people's own identity, including cultural identity,
contain provisions that even rise to the violations of the norms related
to ethnocide and cultural genocide." The book can be purchased Here.
Fourth Generation - Macedonians in Newcastle
book Fourth Generation – Macedonians in Newcastle is now available in
English. The authors, Blagoja Bozinoski and Vlado Krstevski, say the
book is an important step in preserving the history of the Newcastle
Macedonian community for future generations. "The book contains first
hand interviews of more than 100 Macedonian Australian pioneers, many
of whom have long gone. They give first hand insights in their own words
into events like: Ilinden, the Balkan Wars, the pechalba experience
in USA and Europe, the World Wars, the effects of communism, the Greek
civil war and finally, their migration and early life in Australia"
To purchase the book, contact Blagoja Bozinoski by email 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
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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