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During the night I began to hear fearful groans, cries and snorts. Someone
seemed to be writhing in his death throes, and someone else was stopping his
mouth. I barely remembered that it was the young man who had been thrown into
He did not finish, for Stoiko Protsvet cried out, but he, too, looked at no one : 'May
our flocks become cured meat. May eagles peck them to pieces. I want to see the
faces of my wife and daughters uncovered. I do not want a turban, I want a fur ...
And anger blazed up in Elitsa's eyes, her cheeks and her lips grew red, and she
cried to Momchil : 'Do you remember when you came to bid me good-bye in the
autumn and I had fallen asleep on the meadow. And my smock was undone 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.