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a novel Anton Donchev. meadows and the snow-drifts, they extinguished the
dawns, the sunsets and the fires. Only the wet white stone was left, curved in two
arcs, like the two walls of a fort. An hour later the damp of the rugs would have
We set out again, and from steadily staring at the water, which flowed beside us,
and from its roar, and perhaps also from fear, our heads grew dizzy, and our
knees began to give way beneath us. Then suddenly the two walls of the gorge
And by spitting upon the cross men withdrew from the first wall, and retreated.
And there was one wall less to the heart of the mountain, but another eight walls
were left. And by dying at the first wall, Manol and the others had held back the ...
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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.