World without End: The Saga of Southeastern Europe

World without End: The Saga of Southeastern Europe

World without End: The Saga of Southeastern Europe

World without End: The Saga of Southeastern Europe

Excerpt

"Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme."

--MILTON, Paradise Lost.

From the green Sudeten mountains and the immobile dark blue lakes of the Tatra peaks, over the melancholy Hungarian steppes, luscious Carpathian highland, fertile river valleys, and somber Balkan forests, down to the sunny Greek islands and the naked, majestic Dalmatian rocks which thrust out of the emerald Adriatic straight toward the sky--extend Central Europe and the Balkans. An incomprehensible, dramatic region it is, teeming with races, where so many wars have been fought or originated, the region damned by those who do not know it and unforgettable to any who have visited it.

Its landscape is as infinite in variety as are its nations, languages and costumes. Each of its innumerable panoramas is a character in itself, a microcosm, a small, egotistic universe, as proud and independent of the others as is the people which inhabits it. The Hungarian steppes can be crossed by train in only half a day, but they awe the traveler with their endless evenness; the native peasant, in his unique humor which couples irony with affection, jokes, "I climbed on a melon to see the city of Kikinda." When, through the canyon of the foaming Bosnian river Vrbas, you emerge into a green valley enclosed by rocky mountains and behold in its center a hill crowned with the minareted city of Yaytze glittering in the sun, you feel that there is no world beyond. In Herzegovina and Montenegro the enormous, barren crags, frozen in fantastic shapes, look as though the Omnipotent had tumbled them there in anger. It is in this setting that the legend is told of that Montenegrin prisoner who, when taunted . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.