The macedonian poet Nikola Jonkov Vapcarov was born in Bansko,
Pirin Macedonia in 1909. He finished his primary education in Bansko,
and after finishing high school in Razlog, he went to Varna, where he
attended a naval-machinery school. After finishing his studies he was
employed as a machinist on a ship, and later he was employed in a paper
factory, but soon quit his work because of his active political
Ever since he was a student, Vapcarov was a member of the revolutionary movement, actively fighting against the Fascism. He was also an active poet. In 1942, Vapcarov, as well as Anton Popov, were discovered and arrested, and later shot to death together in Sofia.
Vapcarov wrote two collectioons of poetry Motorni pesni and Prolet, among which the most famous songs are Spomen, Zemja, Pesna za covekot, Prolet, and others.
Vapcarov's deep hatred towards the world of exploatation and wars and his belief in the victory of the macedonian people gave him an important place in the macedonian history and literature.
Ovaa zemja, po koja cekoram denes, ovaa zemja koja ja budi veter od mugra, ovaa zemja ne e moja - ne, ovaa zemja prostete, e tuga. V zora trgam. Po fabricen drum bezbrojnite rubaski minat. Nie sme sleanu so srce, so um, no...ne moja nea ja cinam. Nad mojata zemja v prolet zraci seat sjaj i grmat vodopadi od sonce nad roden mi kraj. Ti custvuvas dlabocina, srceto v zemjina grad, i gledas cvetok mlad skokum kaj rasne maj. Nad mojata zemja v neboto opira Pirin. Oblacite v bura ilindenski praznik peat, ohridskiot lazur e beskrajno sin i shiren, a nadolu uste izgrejsonce Egej go gree. Spomnam li samo - i naednas krv blika pak vo srceto, koe se topi od nekakva neznost... Kraju moj drag! Kraju moj prekrasen drag!... Poen so krv i lulan v metezhi teski.
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