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The hodja swore, Karaibrahim thrust a hand into his red saddlebags and drew
out a pistol. The little cowherd rose to his feet, whistled to his cows and dashed
away up the yellow meadow. The small red cows gambolled after him like goats,
Until one day when he drew the pistol from his brother Syuleiman's case, and
shot at his breast. The pistol misfired. (I remembered the trial with the pistols, and
it came into my mind that Syuleiman Aga may truly have believed that God would
He was leaning on his left elbow, and in his right hand he held a pistol. And as
handsome as an angel of vengeance was Momchil, with fiery eyes, sunk beneath
straight brows, with a wide mouth, and tightly compressed lips, and gaunt cheeks,
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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.