Haiduks

Haiduks

 

participants in the struggle of the South Slavs against the Turkish conquerors in the 15th to 19th centuries. By its class character, the haiduk movement was antifeudal. The struggle of the haiduks intensified during periods of heightened national-liberation and antifeudal struggle in the Balkans; they frequently allied themselves with popular uprisings. Many haiduk detachments participated in the first Serbian Uprising (1804-13). During the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, they fought with Russian troops for the liberation of Bulgaria. The feats of the haiduks are a recurrent theme of folk art and of the works of many Balkan writers.

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Sin ella y sin su habilidad de poliglota, no hubieran sido posibles libros como Bandidos sociales, donde los haiduks bulgaros comparten honores con los bandidos georgianos, o como Rebeldes primitivos, en el cual la mafia siciliana y la violencia colombiana --esa combinacion de guerra civil, acciones guerrilleras y bandidaje--conviven.
Then there was the time the proud and insolent Wolodkowicz--scourge of the regional diets and disrupter of court sessions--seized the writ from his hand, tore it to shreds, then, stationing two cudgel-bearing haiduks at the door, poised his naked rapier over Protazy's head and roared, "Either I run you through or you eat these scraps
4) Haiducii (The Haiduks), Razbunarea Haiducilor (The Haiduks' Revenge), Haiducii lui Scapte Cai (The Haiduks of Sevenhorse)--Dinu Cocea 1966, 1968, 1970; Profetul, aurul si ardelenii (The Prophet, the Gold and the Ardeal Folks), Pruncul, petrolul si ardelenii (The Child, the Oil and the Ardeal Folks)--Dan Pita 1978, 1981.
Epic poetry is customarily classified into several cycles: songs before history, songs before the Battle of Kosovo, songs of the Battle of Kosovo, songs about Marko Kraljevic, songs about haiduks (outlaws), and songs of the Serbian Resurrection.
During the nineteenth century the whole Slavic-speaking Dinaric heroic epics were quite successfully appropriated and `nationalized' by the Serbs; the songs were organized into a corpus, the haiduks were turned into romantic national liberation fighters, while the most blood-thirsty and intolerant songs were concealed from eminent Western admirers.
But for the Pantler and his wife, the cook and his two helpers (dead drunk, all three of them), the parish priest, the footman, four stouthearted Haiduks, and myself, the castle stood unmanned.