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And I was left alone, and I sat down upon the meadow, for my shoulders could no
longer bear the burden of the terrible days that were coming, and my legs gave
way at the terrible road that lay- ahead of me : me, and the folk of Elindenya.
The third and last village of Elindenya, which had remained untouched, vanished
in the flames. Just at the top of the Pass, at the same place from which, a year
ago, I had seen Elindenya for the first time, I turned my horse and looked at it ...
Here ends the tale of the destruction of the Valley of Elindenya. Elindenya was no
longer there. No human foot would ever go down the cobbled road, weeds and
nettles would cover it. The paths would go round it. Even hunters would not hunt
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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.