Forward from Exile: The Autobiography of Shmarya Levin

Forward from Exile: The Autobiography of Shmarya Levin

Forward from Exile: The Autobiography of Shmarya Levin

Forward from Exile: The Autobiography of Shmarya Levin

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THE TOWNLET OF SVISLOVITZ, in the Russian province of Minsk, stood on a "mountain." We called it a mountain though it was less than a hundred feet above the surrounding country; but I will be faithful to the spirit of my childhood, and so a mountain it shall remain. On one side ran the Beresina, and along the other, parallel with it, the Svislo, which first finds historic mention in the famous chronicles of the monk Nestor, who speaks of "Minsk, on the river Svislotz." For the Svislo also ran through Minsk, but much nearer its source, so that it had a premature look about it, and suggested an irrigation canal dug by human hands. There were in fact quite a number of Minskers who did not know that their town possessed a river called the Svislo. It was best known among the poor, for it passed through their quarter; and often enough, in the early spring or late autumn, the quiet, unassuming rivulet suddenly took on character, lifted itself above its banks, and poured into the huts and hovels on either side in revenge for the contempt it suffered in normal times.

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