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Romania before Romania existed 12/08/2012

Posted by allthingsro in books, history.
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Kirdjali by Pushkin is the tale of a Bulgarian brigand. Kirdjali’s adventures take place in what is today Romania and the Republic of Moldova, but the word Romania does not appear once in the short story. Instead Pushkin refers to Moldavia and Wallachia. At one point in the story, an official reads out the judgement served on the brigand in Moldavian, as opposed to the Romanian language (p. 179).
The Moldavians as an ethnic group do not feature prominently in Pushkin’s story. They remain the Kirdjali’s faceless victims (p. 175). The Greeks and the Arnouts (Albanians) who have risen up against the Turks play more important roles.

Kirdjali appears in The Captain’s Daughter and other stories published in 1962 by Four Square Classics, London, and translated by Gillon Aitken.

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