This autumn in marked by the proclamation of Mother Teresa as a saint, and not only in Macedonia , but all the Balkan states feel this act as great celebration of modern times. The inspiration for the choice of the name Teresa came from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and The Ohrid academy of Humanism, along with the publishing house Macedonia Prima, printed "Story of a Soul, the Autobiography", translated by Liljana Kotevska – Plevnes. This book was awarded by the prize “The Archbishop Gabriel”, for best spiritual book in Macedonia, and the French magazine La Revue St. Therese of Lisieux included in its 2008 edition, a wonderful article about the discovering of St. Therese in the Balkans. By the end of this year the second Macedonian edition of this book, already translated in more that hundred languages of the world, will be published in Ohrid.
Prominent Croatian Slavist, corresponding member of the Croatian academy of sciences and arts, literary theorist and theater expert, internationally renowned and world famous ecumenist Darko Gasparovic is tenth winner of World Prize of Humanism for 2016, awarded by Ohrid Academy of Humanism.
Following the decision of seven member international jury, chaired by the Rector of University of audiovisual arts, Jordan Plevnes, Mr. Gasparovic noted that, after awarding of World Prize of Humanism to the persons like Solzhenitsyn, Ravi Shankar, Oliveira, Peter Brook and Nobel laureate Herta Müller, his pleasure is even greater because next year Macedonia, entire Slavic world and all the international community will commemorate the 1100 anniversary from the death of St. Clement, founder of the first Slavic University and a student of St. Cyril and Methodius, who were declared as protectors of Europe.
The prize will be awarded during the celebration of Epiphany in 2016, in the House of Urania MANU.
At the same time in Ohrid will be promoted the project "Ohrid - World capital of Humanism" by Academician Svetlin Rusev of Bulgaria, who is also one of the previous winners of this high worldwide recognition.
JOHN RALSTON SAUL
WINNER OF WORLD PRIZE OF HUMANISM 2015
With great pleasure we announce that this year's Winner of World Prize of Humanism is Canadian essayist, novelist and President of PEN International, John Ralston Saul. He was unanimously chosen from seven member International jury of Ohrid Academy of Humanism, presided by Jordan Plevnes. The announcing ceremony in the presence of laureate, by tradition will happen on 18th January 2015 in Ohrid, city of UNESCO, day before the great orthodox holiday Epiphany, in the Uranija house of Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts in 19.00 h.
SVETLIN ROUSSEV WINNER OF
WORLD PRIZE OF HUMANISM 2014
We have honor to announce that this year Winner of World Prize of Humanism is worldly known Bulgarian academic painter Svetlin Roussev. He was unanimously chosen from seven member International jury of Ohrid Academy of Humanism, presided by Jordan Plevnes. In the middle of December 2013, it will be organized press conference in Skopje.
The announcing ceremony in the presence of laureate, by tradition will happen on 18th January 2014 in Ohrid, city of UNESCO, day before the great orthodox holiday Epiphany, in the Uranija house of Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts in 19.00 h._
Biography of the laureate Svetlin Roussev
Dear Mr. Plevnes,
First of all, allow me to express my gratitude to you and to the international jury of the Ohrid Academy of Humanism for rewarding my creative and social activity with the World Prize of Humanism 2014. I am not only surprised by that honor but also delighted to become part of the outstanding spiritual family of the World Prize of Humanism holders.
We live in a world of chaos, violence, solitude and illusions and the only possible set of rules to guide us should derive from our moral, social and professional responsibility. The Ohrid Academy of Humanism’s mission has been to align the efforts for creating a world home of faith and humanism with the course of time and with our own individual development.
Being fully aware of the great responsibility that I should carry with that prestigious prize, I can assure you that I will not spare my modest efforts to become one of the builders of that common home.
I thank you once again with all my heart!
We have honor to announce that this year Winner of World Prize of Humanism is German writer and Nobel Prize laureate Ms. Herta Müller, who with her imposing literature work, well known all over the world.
Ms. Herta Müller was unanimously chosen by seven member International jury of Ohrid Academy of Humanism. The announcing ceremony, by tradition will happen on 18th January 2013 in Ohrid, city of UNESCO, day before the great orthodox holiday Epiphany, in the Uranija house of Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts in 19.00 h.
Herta Mueller was born in 1953 in Nitzkydorf in Banat. Her family belonged to the German minority in Romania. From 1973 to 1976, she studied German and Romanian Philology at the West University in Timișoara. After completing her studies, she worked as a translator at a machine factory as well as a teacher until she was dismissed in 1979, because she refused to cooperate with the Romanian secret service, Securitate. She was the only woman in the »Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn« literary circle, which included Romanian-German authors who had been members of the so-called “Aktionsgruppe Banat”, which had been disbanded by Securitate.
Her first volume of stories »Niederungen« (Eng. Nadirs) presents the village life of the Swabians living in Banat in haunting scenes that oscillate between fear, hopelessness, corruption, misery and violence. The volume was only released in Romania in 1982 after radical interventions by the censors. In 1984, the stories were also published in Germany in revised form. Because of the criticism of Ceaușescu’s totalitarian regime she expressed in interviews, she was given a publication and travel ban in her home country, harassed by the secret service and subject to death threats. In 1987, she was finally able to travel to West Berlin. She dealt with her experiences of living in exile, being uprooted from her home and her loneliness in »Reisende auf einem Bein« (1989; Eng. Travelling on One Leg) among others. In addition to novels like »Herztier« (1994; Eng. The Land of Green Plums) and »Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet« (1997; Eng. The Appointment), she has also written many essays , some of which have been published in collections like »Der König verneigt sich und tötet« (2003; tr. The King Bows and Kills) and »Immer derselbe Schnee und immer derselbe Onkel« (2011; tr. Always the Same Snow and the Same Uncle). In addition, she has completed several albums with lyrical collages made up of words and syllables cut out of newspapers and books. In 2009, her novel »Atemschaukel« (Eng. The Hunger Angel), was released, based on discussions with poet Oskar Pastior about his deportation to a Soviet work camp. The text is marked by Mueller's powerfully eloquent style of presenting individual words and metaphors in extremely compact form. Most recently, she published her new volume of poetic collages »Vater telefoniert mit den Fliegen« (2012; tr. Father is Telephoning with the Flies).
In 2009, Herta Mueller was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. »The subject of dictatorship is necessarily present, because nothing can ever again be a matter of course once we have been robbed of nearly all ability to take anything for granted.«, she said in her Stockholm Address and told how she took up writing in a degrading and perfidious system: »What was happening could no longer be expressed in speech. [...] That I could only spell out in my head, voicelessly, within the vicious circle of the words during the act of writing.« She was also awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (1998), the Berlin Literature Prize (2005) and the Order of Merit of the federal Republic of Germany (2010). In 2010, the exhibition »Der kalte Schmuck des Lebens« (tr. The cold jewels of life) designed by Ernest Wichner was dedicated to her. Herta Mueller lives in Berlin.