BLOOD OF MONTENEGRO

by Bajram Angelo Koljenovic and James Nathan Post



Bajram Angelo Koljenovic tells the saga of three generations of his family and their influence on Balkan history, from the time when his grandfather young Ottoman Army Officer Ebrahim was the Muslim friend who rescued Orthodox Catholic King Nicola from Mussolini, through the life of his father Halim, a pioneer Communist imprisoned under Tito as a Stalinist, through Bajram's youth and service in the Yugoslavian Army, his immigration to America to become a tough-guy for the mob in Las Vegas, to his underworld involvement in the war in Bosnia in 1995, expressed with the lyric intensity and penetrating vision of novelist James Nathan Post.

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Bajram Angelo Koljenovic

Angelo was born and raised in the Montenegrin highland village of Gusinje in the valley of Plav. The grandson of an Ottoman officer, the son of a pioneer Communist, and one of the Muslim minority, he served in the Army of Yugoslavia before emmigrating to the United States in 1969. (About the time this picture was taken.)

Good luck and family connections led him to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked in many capacities in the great casino hotels, from teaching martial arts to the bodyguards of some of the celebrities who became his friends, looking out for the personal interests of some particularly important guests, to eventually owning his own restaurant.

"If I do nothing else," he says, "I just want to express my deep love of life, and of people everywhere, and my great appreciation for my adopted homeland in America. I will always thank America for giving me and everyone else who is willing to work to make a fresh start the chance to have a better life."

Over the years Angelo became deeply involved in the process of immigration, and worked to assist members of his family and many others in coming to America, and becoming citizens of the United States.

"I began working on this book many years ago, in the hope that I could tell my children, and others whose parents came from the lands once called Yugoslavia, a little bit about their grand heritage, and about the kind of people their forefathers were," he says, "and also to tell the people of Montenegro today a little bit about the life of one of their own who went away looking for freedom and opportunity."

Angelo now lives in Las Vegas with his wife Man Kiu and their children, still doing the work he loves meeting people in the grand resort hotels and welcoming them from all over the world to his town.




James Nathan Post

Raised near White Sands, New Mexico, the son of a rocket research engineer and an artist, James flew jets and combat helicopters in military service, and has written many novels and other books in the years since. When he met Angelo, he was working as a Las Vegas sports book player for a professional handicap team.

A Vein Of Gold.

"When Angelo came to me two years ago with a burning drive to finish a book he had long been working on about his family, I knew nothing of Montenegro. When I began the research I needed to undertake this book with him, I was surprised to see so little to tell the American reader like myself about that country and its people. As an American citizen of Montenegrin birth, Angelo wanted to tell his own children about their cultural heritage, and he also wanted to say something about his life as an American to those he left behind in the little town of Gusinje. When I began to listen to him, and to look into his heart as he poured out his story, it felt like finding a vein of gold. It was a project that would demand all of our creativity and skill to bring to life, but I knew the substance was genuine and real. If together we have here brought forth something of the richness of the culture and life in the tiny but pivotal country called Montenegro, and the strength and passion of its people, then we can surely feel we have contributed something significant."


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