A novel with an appeal similar to that of Forty Days of Musa Dagh, but without its undeniable power. Well written story of a weak oppressed people battling for their freedom. It opens with the revolt of the Bulgarians against the Turks in an effort to free Macedonia, in 1903, and recurrently throughout the book, is the melancholy note of a defeated people. Three brothers, sure they will perish, plan for the next generation to ""carry on"" the struggle, and one girl does survive to hold the torch, and later to become a Communist attempting to carry on the work of the man she loved. A life of futility -- snuffed out by death. The book is a current success in Holland and Germany -- translated from the Dutch.