Veli Jože in English

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Veli Jože EnglishFor the first time ever Vladimir Nazor’s tale of the legendary giant Jože and his struggle against his oppressors, centred around the Istrian hilltop town of Motovun, is available in English. I am very proud to have translated this extremely important piece of Croatian literature. I was helped by Andrea Gnjato who gave me linguistic advice with some of the dialectic structure of Nazor’s writing.

istarski-boloviThis edition has been translated and prepared according to the edition of the Collected Works of Vladimir Nazor book no. 12 – Istarski Bolovi (Istrian Pains) which was most probably published in 1930. It includes the translation of Nazor’s original foreword in which he explains the origins of the story and the development of the character of Jože the giant.
It is published by Naklada Kvarner (ISBN 978-953-7773-55-7).
Contact Naklada Kvarner direct to order a copy: naklada.kvarner(at)ri.t-com.hr

Martin Mayhew English translator of Veli JožeNow featured on Goodreads website here: Veli Jože

Legendfest – writing and performances

legendfest 2011 bannerLegendfest is a three-day festival of myths, legends, folklore and live performances held every year in the small hilltop village of Pićan, in Istria, Croatia. During the festival the village becomes the backdrop for storytellers, children’s workshops, live theatrical shows, local food, arts and crafts and concerts, which draw on the rich traditions and history of Istria. Visitors have the chance to go back in time and experience anything from medieval poetry to ancient myths in the picturesque setting.

Each year the festival has a different theme. I have written and performed at Legendfest since 2011. The theme for 2011 was pirates – and so myself as author, Cyborgix 4E75 as composer and musician, Miki as orchestral composer and Jasmina Jazzy as performer, wardrobe and make-up manager, put together the audio/visual piece “Captain Morgan’s Hidden Treasure”. I played the ghost of the Caribbean pirate Captain Morgan (yes, him from the brand of rum) who, as legend says, visited the province of Istria, settled and established the real-life village of Mrgani (meaning the “place of the Morgans”). The myth recalls how he had buried his last stash of gold and treasure nearby. Our 15 minute performance was his story and how he had returned from the spirit world to Istria to uncover the location of his buried treasure after 300 years.

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Performing as the ghost of Captain Morgan

Cybergix 4E75

Cyborgix 4E75 – composer, arranger and musician on keyboards

Jasmina Jazzy played the seductive spectre

Jasmina Jazzy played the seductive spectre

In our performance we were joined by Alen Tibljaš – one of Croatia’s most respected drummers, who added some extra drama to the composition. The show was held in the tiny chapel of Sv. Mihovil on the outskirts of the village of Pićan situated at the top of the surrounding cliffs – the perfect location for our dark tale of ghostly pirates and treasure.

Alen Tibljaš pićan

Alen Tibljaš added atmospheric percussion

At the end of the performance, which closed the festival on the last evening, many of the festival’s other performers came and joined us for pirate revelry and choruses of “Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest. Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum. Drink and the devil had done for the rest….” The audience thoroughly enjoyed it!

Legendfest 2012 posterThe theme for Legendfest 2012 was witches, wizards and goblins and so we delved into Istria’s rich heritage of myths, legends and folklore and wrote, composed and produced a new concept and performance – “Legend From Istria”. Based upon tales of Istrian gods I played Stribor, son of Svarog – The God of Wind and I narrated the terrible story of good versus evil to take back the land of Istria which had been conquered by the Underworld demons of Bjesomar and Morana played by Cyborgix 4E75 and Jasmina Jazzy.

legendfest 2012 show

Pićan’s tiny chapel of Sv. Mihovil was the perfect setting for our dramatic show

Svarog summoned up the help of Slavic gods Perun – the God of Thunder and Gerovita – The Master of War to defeat the two devils in a final cataclysmic battle scene which would see peace return to the beautiful land of Istria.
… you can listen to the epic story below 🙂

legendfest 2012

Our excellent costumes, make up, lasers and dry ice enhanced the performance

Once again we closed the festival programme after midnight on the last day, leaving the audience enthralled.

All rights reserved © Martin Mayhew and Cyborgix 4E75.

 

‘I moj nono je navigal – Brseč i Brsešćina’ – catalogue design

The latest edition in this series. Catalogue and exhibition design about the mariners and sailors who sailed around the world from Brseč in the early 20th century.

This project was produced for Katedra Čakavskog Sabora Općine Mošćenička Draga.

katalog – I moj nono je navigal – Brseč

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‘Mali svjedoci velikih promjena’ – book design

The life and times of the people of the tiny village of Sv. Jelena.
Author: Josip  Jurinović
ISBN: 978-9532193466
Adamić 2007

http://issuu.com/wobbleon/docs/sv_jelena

Ova knjiga je kronologija mjesta Sveta Jelena. Nastala je priklupljanjem podata iz raznih knjiga, časopisa i novina, kao i opisivanjem događaja koji su se odvijalu u Svetoj Jeleni, a njima su pridodane priče i isječci iz života pojedinih ljudi, osobito u vrijeme njihova službovanja vojnoga roka u različitim državama. Uz autorske tekstove djelo je opremeljeno brojnim slikama, grafikonim i kopijama dokumenata, što ga čini još vrijednijim i zanimljivijim.