Treasure of the Ages: Ukrainian Legends

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Sova Books, May 17, 2015 - Fiction
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Behold the fury is raging

Under the glow of a burning red sky a fugitive from war learns of a malevolent serpent that once inhabited the caves outside Kyiv.

In the dark ages of Ukraine a charismatic tribal leader defies supernatural sacrificial rituals and counsels his people to live in unity and peace so that a nation can arise.

A cemetery in the old city of Khastiv stirs with the ghostly Haidamaka people who keep vigil every Easter, awaiting their promised liberator.

In medieval Vinnytsia a powerful and sadistic monk mutilates local women, invoking the fury of the tormented villagers.

On a quiet summer’s evening flickering lights reveal a mass of pilgrims paying homage with a prayer and song at a life-giving sacred well.

A man returning to his homeland, ravaged by Tsarism and the Bolshevik revolution, visits the ruins of an ancient castle where treasure is said to be hidden for posterity, protected by ferocious flames.

Treasure of the Ages invites the reader into a mystical, ancient world but one that also reflects the harsh reality of the lives of ordinary Ukrainians during the turbulent times of the socialist revolution that the author Klym Polischuk inhabited.

 

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17

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About the author (2015)

Klym Polischuk was born into a Ukrainian peasant family at the end of the nineteenth century but his considerable talents saw him become active in the world of art and literature. His writing career was disrupted first by exile to Russia and then mobilisation to fight in World War I. During the 1920s his literary output included a range of novels and accounts of the Soviet revolution. He was fascinated by folklore and in 1921 produced his collection of Gothic tales, Treasure of the Ages. In 1929 he was again arrested and for eight arduous years he was incarcerated in Soviet labour camps, including the notorious Solovky prison, with other members of the Ukrainian intelligentsia. He was executed in 1937 in Sandarmokh, Russia, along with 1110 prisoners.

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