El tiempo de las cabras
- El tiempo de las cabras
- 232 pages
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Read it in Macedonian (Starova's translation from his Albanian original, apparently). A French translation exists. I love the voice of the narrator, its balance, gentle humor, and persistence. Also great: mythic force of the story and some unobtrusive intertextuality. After WWII, Communists force goat herders to come into the city so that they can become working class. The herders bring goats with them, and now the functionaries don't know what to do. Someone should do an animal-studies reading [...]
it actually worth to ten stars
A story that is rarely told, one from a perspective of victims of communist regime in ex Yugoslavia, is told in a voice of a writer that is poetic and warm. Luan Starova, a Macedonian writer of Albanian origin, tells us a story of a family that is trying to survive post WW2 times in Balkan- an area that has been the often attained goal of Western and Eastern colonialism and imperialism and that has been successfully divided ( by that simple and effective proverb divide and conquer) by many world [...]
Das Buch beginnt mit satirischer Leichtigkeit, was sich im weiteren Verlauf verliert, und lässt auch Trauer und Wut zu. Es bietet Einblicke in die Geschichte des Balkans und des Kommunismus, in das Leben einer Familie und in die Gedankenwelten Andersdenkender. Trotz kleiner Schwächen absolut lesenswert.
Esta hermosa y conmovedora historia refuerza mi teoría: el fanatismo es lo peor que tiene la humanidad, y eso ya es decir bastante.Recomiendo esta novela a cualquiera que quiera conocer más sobre Yugoslavia y los difíciles años de la posguerra en esa olvidada parte del mundo. Y ojalá podamos ver más de Luan Starova en español.
Interesting story, set in late 1940s Macedonia. The government wants a glorious new working class. People want to keep their goats. A conflict ensues. Lyrical novel, with lots of love for the goats. Why not – the goat is an essential animal for these people, while at the same time a roadblock for communist progress.
Beautiful description of difficult post-war /early communist times in the Balkans through the eyes of a small boy. I never thouhgt I would learn to care so deeply about goats. The characters are somewhat mythified in an elegant oriental way, but this only adds to the charm lf the narrative.