The heart of the Balkans by Demetra VakaThe heart of the Balkans by Demetra Vaka

The heart of the Balkans

byDemetra Vaka

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II ROMANTIC ALBANIA The death of Gaston Decourt fell upon our party like a deadening blow and dampened the spirits of all. "You must have a strong stomach to stand the diet of Albania," one of the Greeks remarked with a grimace. "Mine has always been delicate, and I have tasted enough of the food of this savage country to give me indigestion for the rest of my life. I go no farther." The others agreed with him. They were pampered city men, and the coarse food, the unavoidable hardships, the constant traveling on muleback, over trails that made them dizzy, -- coupled with the risk of losing their lives should they chance to offend the untutored Albanian sense of propriety, -- were not to their taste. And since the terms of peace between the Albanians and the Government were settled, for a time at least, that section of Albania and the Turkish Government would be at peace -- until -- until the Albanians, exasperated anew, should rise again. Only for my brother did the Balkans possess an allurement he could never resist. As for me, I was young and full of enthusiasm: my world had been made up of books, and the mystery of the Balkans attracted me beyond the desire for comfort. "Oh, do let us go on!" I urged my brother, who needed no urging. And thus our party of many dwindled down to us two and one zaptie, himself a Southern Albanian and a good fellow, who knew how to control the muleteers and how to obtain what we needed from the Albanians without getting into fights with them. Moreover, he had a good voice and enlivened our long rides with the weird Albanian songs, which seemed to invoke the spirits of that wild country. The rest of the military escort we dismissed; for, as my brother remarked, it added to our danger, not to our safety, since one could see the hai...
Title:The heart of the BalkansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217629415

ISBN - 13:9780217629416