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And he said to me : 'I will play to him a while.' And he put out his hand and took
his kaval from his waistband. I recognized it, it was his father's iron kaval, made
out of the terrible musket of the bandit Karamanol. And Momchil crossed his legs
And when, in the night, the song of a kaval would be heard above the Konak,
they would all say again : 'It is Momchil.' They brought out several of the peasants
from the enclosure in the courtyard— they wanted the men to hear the kaval and
The invisible kaval, possibly without meaning to do so, maddened the Turks and
mocked at them. If Karaibrahim had been strong, as he had been before, he
could have got the upper hand of the kaval. But only a strong man endures defeat
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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.