Mala Prespa - Nursery of numerous intellectuals

Mala Prespa and other Albanian cities have many Macedonians who are top intellectuals and at the various social and other items that are part of current and future progress of Albania. So we will make a modest attempt to present a number of these renowned personalities who will illuminate the truth of national and cultural life of the Macedonian people from the other side of the Prespa Lake, Mala Prespa.

Among these renowned intellectuals, certainly Sterjo Spase, which is one of the most famous novelists in Albania. He was Macedonian and was born in 1914 in the village Glloboceni, Municipality Pustec, Mala Prespa. He was educated in Korca and Elbasan, then studied pedagogy in Florenza, Italy and Master degree in the former Soviet Union. After World War II he worked as a literary critic, and wrote for numerous magazines Albanian. He died in Tirana on September 13, 1989.

Sterjo Spase began his writing career when he was a teacher at the village school in Dervichane near Gjirokastra. He is the author of these important novels in Albanian: "Why?" ("Pse?") (1935), or known by all titled "From life to life - why?". The novel "Why?" Is written in the form of a diary and focuses on a tragic dilemma of a young intellectual in a rural place, then "Afardita" ("Afërdita") (1944); "They were not alone" ("Ata nuk ishin vetëm") (1952); "Afardita again the countryside" ("Afërdita përsëri në fshat") (1954); "Lake" ("Buzë liqenit") (1965); "The female falcon" ("Sokolesha") (1966); "Fire" ("Zjarre") (1972); "Wake" ("Zgjimi") (1973); "Clerical" ("Pishtarë") (1975); "Either death or freedom" ("Ja vdekje ja liri") (1978); "Rebels" ("Kryengritësit") (1983); "Today or never" ("O sot, o kurrë!") (1989).

The novel "They were alone" ("Ata nuk ishin vetëm") (1952) of Sterjo Spase published in Macedonian in 1989 translation of the famous teacher in Mala Prespa, Nikola Berovski. Also, the Institute of Folklore "Marko Cepenkov" and the Institute of National History in Skopje, announced the Macedonian work Sterjo Spase entitled "Macedonian folk songs from Mala Prespa" (1992) prepared by Dr. Blagoj Stoichovski.

Teacher Nikola Berovski was born in Bitola in 1923 and died in Tirana in 1993. He was Macedonian educator who dedicated life spent among the Macedonians in Albania. Known in the Macedonian public as "Teacher of Pustec" Berovski many years worked as a teacher in the village of Dolna Prespa in Korcha and Tirana. There are great merits as the author of numerous textbooks in Macedonian for Macedonians in Albania. During his life he became a legendary defender of national identity. Therefore, one of the organizations of Macedonians in Albania named Foundation "Nikola Berovski."

Gure Duma was born in 1920 in the village Glloboçeni, Mala Prespa.In Korca finished the high school in 1964. From 1948 to 1956 he worked as a teacher in villages Glloboçeni, Tuminec and Gorna Gorica. He is the author of "Mala Prespa" (2007). Gure Duma died in 2008.

Dr. Valentina (Ilija) Nestor was born on 16.09.1971 in Pustec. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology "Blaze Koneski" in Skopje, the group Macedonian and South Slavic literature. Since 1996 works as a lecturer in Macedonian language of the School of Foreign Languages, Department of Slavic and Balkan languages in Tirana. In 2006 he acquired the title of Dr. Valentina Nestor deals with linguistics, lexicology and scientific research of the Macedonian language in ethnic Macedonia and writing and literature.

Ilinden Spase is the son of renowned Albanian writer of Macedonian origin Sterjo Spase. He was born in 1942 in Glloboceni where he finished primary school and graduated from the Philology at the University of Tirana. He worked as a teacher, editor, publisher of pedagogical magazine in Albanian (1970-2001), editor of the Publishing Council of the Institute for Pedagogical Studies in Tirana, a researcher at the School Departmen (Department of History of Education) in the Institute for Pedagogical Studies. Ilinden Spase written in Albanian and Macedonian. He is the author of two collections of short stories. He is an honorary member of the Writers Association of Macedonia.

Stilijan Apostoli was born on May 24, 1950 in the village of Gorna Gorica,Mala Prespa. Since 1982 is a professor in the Department of Economics and Agricultural Policy in Agricultural University in Tirana. He has published university textbooks, brochures, scientific studies, reports, information and more. He has published the books "Problems of farms" (1997); "Prespa, socio economic development" (2002) and the monograph "Gorna Gorica" (2007).

Sotir Risto is poet from Mala Prespa. He was born in 1974 in the village of Leska, Municipality Pustec where he finished primary school and graduated the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. Writes Macedonian and Albanian. Author of novels, "Night Whisper" and "continuing education".

Kristina Jankulla was born on April 9, 1958 in the village of Gorica, Mala Prespa. Graduated from college teacher education at the University of Elbasan. It works as a teacher in primary school of Dollna Gorica, Prespa. Author of numerous poems and the book "Mala Prespa" (2009).

Spase Mazenkovski was born on September 2, 1951 in the village of Leska, Mala Prespa. High school and secondary economic school in Korca and Librazhd. Since the release of the newspaper "Prespa" he was editor. Continuously published poems, short stories, different texts and author of the collection of poems "mine drifts, colorful bunch"

Spase Thanasi was born in 1965 in the village Zrnosko, Mala Prespa. He graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kamëz (Tirana). Author of scientific and literature works. He has published in Albanian poetry book "Lyrical song with your name."

Dola Shkembi was born on September 14, 1986 in Dollna Gorica,Mala Prespa. Graduated from Medical Faculty in Skopje. She is the author of the poetry book "Cross roads of tears."

Fote Nikolla is curator of the program in Macedonian Radio "Korca" In the framework of the Albanian Ministry of Education prepares textbooks in Macedonian language.

Mala Prespa, from this part of Mala Prespa has a big number of other intellectuals as businessmen, doctors, teachers, engineers, journalists and other social workers, together with the above figures Macedonian defenders of the Macedonian name, language, culture, religion, the Macedonian truth and ethnic Macedonia.

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