Vasil Tolevski is from Macedonia, where he has already published an anthology of Montenegran and Serbian aphorisms and is preparing an anthology of Macedonian aphorisms. Like his fellow Balkan aphorists, Tolevski’s sayings are darkly satirical, with a fierce cynicism about politics and politicians. Most of the political disputes in the region involve Balkan nations arguing (or fighting) amongst themselves. Macedonia, however, has an additional squabble with Greece, over who has the right to the name “Macedonia.” Some of Tolevski’s grimly humorous reflections on the state of his nation:
Without people, whips would be useless.
The Devil has gone; even he couldn’t stand this hell.
They promised to pursue justice and they kept their word: They pursued it right out of the country.
The first sign that you have sunk to the bottom is when everyone around you is as silent as fish.
In politics, ecology is observed: Political wastes are always recycled.