Stone and the Violets

Stone and the Violets

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  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 144.78 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 158.76g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 015185100X
  • 9780151851003

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Thirteen turgid stories written, like Djilas' novel Under the Colors (1971), in jail by the essayist and one time Communist leader, Stalin's bete noire. Rape, murder, executions, as well as insatiable love, triangular and otherwise, prevail in a Montenegrin setting - Djilas' homeland - a no-man's-land of invasions and insurrections which indiscriminately eradicate revolutionaries, reactionaries, and the indifferent. There are also glimpses of folksy bygone days, dalliance on the "young and juicy" grass, outlaws stalking the village gendarme and both stalking the miller's wife, while a peasant in revenge for his slaughtered sheep makes a bellwether of the wolf, and a doctor philosophically plucks out the eyes of the eagle he might have killed. The stories tend to become moralistic essays with a menacing verbosity and even the firing squad comes as a relief after all the talk about revolutionary purity, new consciousness, duty, struggle and the like. The stones prevail. (Kirkus Reviews)
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