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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469938332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469938332
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Bazhe explores the full spectrum of his emotions. A revelatory, pained, unyielding ride. Hold on tight." --Kirkus

"Bazhe has led what Leo Tolstoy or George Eliot might have called an epic life." --Lavender Magazine

"Vivid talent for powerhouse story telling. A remarkable, compelling read." --White Crane Journal

From the Author

DAMAGES is a memoir about one man's fight to overcome the psychological wounds created by his peculiar upbringing as he struggled to find his true identity and freedom. The story begins with the death of his abusive father, a Communist official. His mother is diagnosed with cancer, and he immediately returns to Macedonia to take care of her.

Meanwhile, his more than thirty-year search for his biological mother ends, and he tells her his life story, starting with his lonely childhood and adolescence. After finding his "new mother" to be very understanding, he reveals his first gay experience in the army, his desire for self-realization that caused scandals in the College of National Security, his escape to Turkey where he transformed into a stunning "girl" after meeting a handsome wealthy man, and his return to Yugoslavia where he wandered in the underground world of a country that was falling apart.

War is coming. And as Christian nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism rose, he experienced them directly, almost losing his life. But he eventually succeeded in immigrating to America. Although he finds his biological mother, he ultimately discovers that it is his adoptive mother's devotion that is irreplaceable.

More About the Author

B. K. BAZHE is a writer, poet, and artist. He is the author of
DAMAGES (creative nonfiction) -- Winner in the Writers Digest Awards
and IDENTITIES (poetry).

In America, his stories and poems have appeared in:
Poetic Voices Magazine, Winter's Gems Anthology,
Bay Windows, Opus Literary Review,
River Run, and Reader.

In Europe, he is published in: Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia,
and Bulgaria.

His Art has been exhibited in: New York City, Europe,
NJ, and OH.

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Customer Reviews

Once you start reading you will not want to put the book down.
George W. Straw Jr.
To live life to the fullest in the face of adversity is an art and Bazhe handles it as a wonderful human being.
The manner in which the author expresses his "thoughts" is clear, interesting and very honest.
Arlene Sarengat

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading Bazhe's document, Damages. I'm calling this autobiography a "document," because it not only documents the author's early life, but it also documents a behind-the-scenes view of the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and the "underground" nature of the GLBT community there, while artfully comparing American society to society in eastern Europe, most notably former Yugoslavia. The caveat at the beginning of the book states that this is a true story, but some of the names and circumstances have been modified to protect the identities of some of the characters. I'm glad they didn't say that it was to protect the "innocent." No one seems to be "innocent" in this book.
The story begins with the death of Bazhe's cruel father, a retired communist official, and Bazhe returns to the Macedonian province in Yugoslavia to visit his mother. During his visit, he discovers that his beloved adoptive mother is not well. Eventually, she consents to seeing a doctor. Bazhe nurses her in her home, while finally locating his biological mother. During their first meeting, a secretive week, Bazhe reveals to his birth mother, and his readers, his painful, abusive, and lonely childhood, with a significant window of real happiness.
I identified with Bazhe in many ways, while in the end I didn't know whether to envy or pity him. Finally, I found myself counting my own blessings. While losing his own innocence at a tender age, he is forced to create his own world. His striking good looks are both a blessing and a curse. Bazhe brilliantly tells stories of his growing up in a world that he knows will damn him. The stories interweave to develop in him the strength that he will need to survive. There is great maturity here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Hopkins on August 28, 2004
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The adventures and coming-of-age story of a young gay man have by now become a well- (even over-) explored genre. But this particular story presents a unique point of view and setting. Tell the truth: How many Macedonians do YOU know? Bazhe's upbringing and coming-out, set in the socially and morally repressive waning years of Balkan communism, present unique challenges and dangers (and opportunities) that the author vividly describes. He possesses a keen eye and ear for character, and the family, friends, lovers and enemies that populate this book ring true-to-life. His highly "accented" and melodramatic use of American English serves a unique purpose: Reminding the American reader that he or she is a foreign visitor to this book, privy to extremely personal feelings and events that might not always reflect an American mindset, but which are nonetheless real and compelling. Bazhe is by his own account no saint, and presents his life and deeds un-flinchingly - the good and the bad alike. Definitely "worth a read."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Dreyer on August 28, 2004
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A great read. I enjoyed the book immensely. (That is, if crying real tears while reading can be called "enjoying".

A rare insider's view of Macedonia, during the final years of communist Yugoslavia and the beginning of ethnic tensions, which eventually led to genocide.

One gets a sense of Balcan culture, character, politics and mentality while at the same time accompanying a young man's personal search for his biological mother and his own identity.

I couldn't put the book down!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Girl on May 20, 2012
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I thought I was ordering an autobiography which should be nonfiction. This book is nothing more than a gay romance novel. I do not understand all the rave reviews. How can anyone believe all of this actually happened to the author? It is beyond awful and I will trust the reviews on Amazon no longer. No stars. It wasn't worth free.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Diopa on July 23, 2004
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Hi bazhe After reading your book, I felt sad and happy. I thought you were very explicit and truthful in your life events. I had looked forward to getting back to the book, as it just kept my very interested. I know you had ?gay? experiences and I don?t fully understand why you were treated so cruelly, but I would have been less explicated in the book. Anyone that knew you, should have seen your inner most beauty, I know your biological mother Mila seemed very upset with all her tears and upset, but it is like you said in your book and I quote ?it?s not the one that bores you, it?s the one that raised you.? The treatment of you by your father was a nightmare to be living. I really believe he just didn?t know how to treat such a gentle creature as you are. I can relate to this as my father wasn?t great parent. At certain times in reading the book, I was truly upset with the way you were treated and the hardship and horror you had gone through. It truly upset me very much, it was like I was living it! The way you had taken care of your mother, throughout your book, I just cannot put into words? you were her savior! Mother?s name for you was ?Gold? that is just so beautiful. Like Gold it shines, and is strong and never tarnishes. Your style of writing, just hits the spot, it is flowing, interesting and exciting, especially when you describe Americans. Bazhe, I don?t know of any human being that could have care for a cancer patient, as you did, I salute you and I mean this sincerely. I strongly believe you are a great writer. I would have named this book, ?Heart of Gold?, as you were the book. I will look forward to reading future books, also I sure would like to see your artwork, and poetry. When I met you for the first time in the B&N, I felt you?re inner beauty and thought to myself this guy is very special. Thank you ?Gold? as mother would say!!! Truly, Gracie

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