A portrait of Kole Nedelkovski.
Nikola Krstev Nedelkov|
December 16, 1912
Vojnica, near Veles
September 2, 1941 (aged 28)|
|Occupation||poet and communist|
|Notable works||M'skavici and Peš po svetot|
Kole Nedelkovski (Bulgarian and Macedonian: Коле Неделковски) was a Macedonian revolutionary and poet, and member of the Bulgarian Communist Party. He was a member of the Macedonian Literary Circle and he published two poetry books. Today, Nedelkovski is seen as one of the founders of the modern Macedonian poetry.
He was born in Vojnica, near Veles, Ottoman Empire as Nikola Kr(a)stev Nedelkov. Hunted from the Serbian police he emigrated to Bulgaria in 1933. In Sofia, Nedelkovski joined the Macedonian Literary Circle. Besides Nedelkovski, the most active members of the Circle were Dimitar Mitrev, Gjorgji Abadžiev, Venko Markovski, Nikola Vapcarov and others. Later, he became a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party. He ended his life escaping the police in Sofia in 1941, by jumping from an attic window, or by another version, was thrown out of the window.
His poem "A Voice from Macedonia" (Glas od Makedonija) is one of the most famous revolutionary poems in the Macedonian literature. His poetry describes the difficult life of the Macedonian people prior to World War II and glorifies the communist ideas and fight against capitalism. Nedelkovski's poems were published in Macedonian, more precisely on Skopje-Veles dialect. The differences between Standard Macedonian and Skopje-Veles dialect are minor.
Nedelkovski published two poetry books:
- "Lightnings" (Мъскавици, Mӑskavici) - published in 1939
- "On Foot Around the World" (Пеш по светот, Peš po svetot) - published in August 1941.
- The Former Yugoslavia's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook, Matjaž Klemenčič, Mitja Žagar, p 146
- Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia, D. Bechev, p.160.
- Македонски литературен кръжок (1938–1941 г.) доц. д-р Петър Галчин, първа част, сп. Македонски Преглед, София, бр. 1, 2002 г.
- 100 години од раѓањето на поетот Коле Неделковски Archived 2012-11-16 at the Wayback Machine.