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Beasts, Men and Gods (1923)

by Ferdinand Ossendowski

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I began reading with great anticipation; I found it different, exotic and exciting. Then, the more I read, the more redundant it seemed to be. Soon I felt I had been reading about the same strange, angry adventures time after time. I did finish, but it was a chore. Too bizarre for me; perhaps a series of maps would have helped. I still gave it three stars, maybe a half star too much, for effort. ( )
  repb | May 10, 2015 |
Pretty intense story. So many people died during this time of unrest in Russia. Very sad. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
A fast-paced adventure, with fragments of curious detail, as FO flees across Siberia and into Central Asia to escape the Red Army... along the way meeting up with a furious bear, the truly nasty Baron von Ungern Sternberg and vicious Tibetan lamas, amongst whom he hears mention of Agartha and the King of the World, whose marvelous and potent domain is, in an instance of doubtful feng-shui, miles below the surface of the earth. This curiosity is referenced in Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum and in Peter Hopkirk's Trespassers on the Roof of the World (or was it Setting the East Ablaze?). ( )
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Ovaj kultni avanturistički, istorijski, putopisni, autobiografski i etnološki roman vodi nas kroz krvavu vejavicu ruske revolucije i mongolske oslobodilačke borbe, sve do srži tajnog i tajanstvenog budističkog učenja o „Kralju Sveta” i „Agarti”, njegovom podzemnom kraljevstvu. U haosu propasti jednog carstva, pred našim očima izranja najčudesnija galerija zveri, ljudi i bogova i njihovih sudbina. Izbeglice i vojnici, kukavice i ratnici, boljševici i caristi, ubice i heroji, demoni i monasi, razbojnici i bogovi… Džingis-kan, Temerlan, Dalaj Lama, admiral Kolčak, „krvavi baron” Ungern-Šternberg… Rusi, Kinezi, Mongoli, Tibetanci, Sojoti, Kalmici, Turguti, Burjati, Tatari, kozaci, Poljaci… U RATU SVIH PROTIV SVIH.
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Tej, którą spotkałem niegdyś na brzegu
"wielkiej lazurowej słonej wody",
u stóp piętrzących się czerwonych skał,
a dla której przechowałem wierną miłość do dnia,
gdy stała się moją Eleer - Bałasyr,
owianą legendami prastarego Erdene Dzu,
poświęcam tę opowieść o mojej
męczeńskiej włóczędze
przez serce tajemniczej, obudzonej Azji.


F.A. Ossendowski
Warszawa, 1923.
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