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There was a kind of gloomy joy on Manol's face and on those of several of the
Bulgarians behind him. Lo, something terrible was coming, but it was also great,
and they would be able to measure their strength against it, so that it would be
I realized that he was a Bulgarian. He spoke Bulgarian, he wore Bulgarian
garments, he lit his fire in a Bulgarian house. And when the Turks had tried to
lead him out to attack Bulgarian villages, my man had not gone, for he feared lest
The bashi-bazouks, brought by Karaiman Hassan Hodja, and those that came
later, did not set about ploughing the Bulgarian fields and feeding the Bulgarian
sheep, but took to robbing. And indeed, it is far easier to cut a man's throat and
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Earth and Sky shattering book !!!! I read it in Bulgarian my mother's tongue.... I had no idea Bulgaria had a living Literary Giant of the caliber of Kazantzakis... Makes one think if Bulgaria has given birth to men of the caliber of Manol, the main protagonist of the book and movie, then this nation will rise.... I have been fishing in the Rhodope mountain lakes as a kid and they are truly magical... but after I read this book, I started to look at that region of the world with an entirely different outlook... I plan to visit villages in that region and meet people and take photos....
Rami E. Kremesti M.Sc.
One of the best books I have read. It should be historical, but I think is about a values of life and faith. Three brothers one converted in Islam, the other two are still Christians - ready to lose them life, but sticking in its predecessors' religion. They received more support from them Islamic neighbors then coming up rapists. The destiny is curving in different aspects, but the end is loaded with a lot of hope.
It is worth reading this book.