Winds of Change (Turbulent Times, Vol. 1) pdf epub fb2

Winds of Change (Turbulent Times, Vol. 1) by Ivan Franko, Translator: Roma Franko, Sonia Morris pdf epub fb2

Winds of Change (Turbulent Times, Vol. 1) Author: Ivan Franko, Translator: Roma Franko, Sonia Morris
Title: Winds of Change (Turbulent Times, Vol. 1)
ISBN: 0973598220
ISBN13: 978-0973598223
Other Formats: lit lrf mbr lrf
Pages: 334 pages
Publisher: Language Lanterns Publications Inc.; 1st edition (September 12, 2006)
Language: English
Category: Other
Size PDF version: 1683 kb
Size EPUB version: 1517 kb
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The overarching theme of the trilogy Turbulent Times is the growth of national and political awareness in Halychyna (Galicia) in Western Ukraine in the second half of the nineteenth century. The social and economic unrest of the early nineteenth century culminated in the abolition, in 1848, of the oppressive feudal system established in 1772 when Halychyna came under Austrian control. The themes of the short stories in the first volume, Winds of Change, are the rising tide of discontent with the evils of serfdom in the early 1800s, the spilling over of the serfs anger in the 1840s, and the insurrections of urban revolutionaries in 1848. The focus of the novella, The Raging Tempest, is the emergence of peasant leaders in the years of uncertainty, confusion, and manor-village hostilities in the 1850s. The three volumes in this trilogy paint a vivid and unsettling picture of life in Halychyna from the rural and urban insurrections of the 1840s and the abolition of serfdom in 1848, to the disillusionment of the following decades and the complex struggle for national and democratic reform in the latter part of the 19th century. Franko drew the material for his prose from personal observations and experiences, and infused it with his passionate commitment to ameliorating the lot of the common people and raising their national and political consciousness. Franko understood his literary mission to be the illumination of historical events and periods by telling the stories of individuals on whose lives they impinged. This he did so successfully that his prose works constitute a veritable encyclopedia of the beliefs, attitudes, and lifestyles of the social strata and ethnic groups whose intertwined destinies became the grist for his creative genius.