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Hania   By: (1846-1916)

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Hania by Henryk Sienkiewicz is an enthralling novel that skillfully combines historical fiction with elements of romance and suspense. Set in the turbulent times of late 19th-century Poland, the story unfolds amidst a backdrop of political unrest and nationalistic fervor.

The protagonist, Hania, a young and spirited woman, captivates readers with her strong-willed nature and determination to fight for her beliefs. Sienkiewicz expertly portrays her development as she navigates through various challenges, both personal and political.

One of the strongest aspects of the novel is the author's ability to recreate the historical period with vivid detail. Through meticulous research and immersive descriptions, Sienkiewicz transports readers to a Poland on the brink of revolution, with its characters caught in the crossfire of conflicting ideologies.

The romance that blossoms between Hania and a dashing young revolutionary named Jan is woven seamlessly into the larger narrative. Their love story unfolds amidst the chaos and danger of the times, adding an element of tension and suspense to the novel. Sienkiewicz's portrayal of their relationship is nuanced and believable, making readers emotionally invested in their struggles and triumphs.

Furthermore, the supporting cast of characters brings depth and complexity to the story. From the principled patriot, Andrzej, to the calculating and manipulative Count, the personalities are well-drawn and contribute to the richness of the narrative.

While the pacing of the novel may feel slow at times, it serves to build anticipation and heightens the emotional impact of pivotal moments. Sienkiewicz's prose, translated elegantly into English, captures the beauty of the Polish language and enhances the overall reading experience.

Ultimately, Hania is a captivating tale that effortlessly combines history, romance, and intrigue. Sienkiewicz's meticulous attention to detail, engaging characters, and compelling storytelling make this novel a must-read for enthusiasts of historical fiction. It is a testament to the author's skill and enduring legacy as a master storyteller.

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HANIA.

BY HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ,

AUTHOR OF "QUO VADIS," "WITH FIRE AND SWORD," "THE DELUGE," "CHILDREN OF THE SOIL," ETC.

TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH BY

JEREMIAH CURTIN.

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1897.

Copyright, 1897 , BY JEREMIAH CURTIN.

All rights reserved.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

CONTENTS. PAGE

PROLOGUE TO HANIA: THE OLD SERVANT 3

HANIA 21

TARTAR CAPTIVITY 171

LET US FOLLOW HIM 219

BE THOU BLESSED 259

AT THE SOURCE 265

CHARCOAL SKETCHES 291

THE ORGANIST OF PONIKLA 375

LUX IN TENEBRIS LUCET 387

ON THE BRIGHT SHORE 401

THAT THIRD WOMAN 483

PROLOGUE.

THE OLD SERVANT.

Besides old managers, overseers, and foresters there is another type of man which is disappearing more and more from the face of the earth, the old servant.

During my childhood, as I remember, my parents were served by one of those mammoths. After those mammoths there will soon be only bones in old cemeteries, in strata thickly covered with oblivion; from time to time investigators will dig them out... Continue reading book >>




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