Free On Kindle: The Men, the Rock, and the Mountain
Today’s Free Kindle eBook: The Men, the Rock, and the Mountain
“Like Sisyphus, we spin in circles. Punished by ourselves we push the rock up the mountain, and we push and push, and we reach a point where we need to unleash, so we do. We put on uniforms and go to war, and the rock rolls back down. Then we push again, and we push, and we push… Until we lose control and everything comes tumbling down, pushing us into violence, into being true to ourselves.”Inspired by true events, events that left no one indifferent, this story draws you deep into the life of a simple Bosnian family. Living in a Socialist country, under good and fair state of lives’ matters, in a state where individuals want for nothing and fear nothing and worry over nothing, the Softic family, Ibrahim and Alisa, grew up comfortable and at peace. Never wanting for money or better things, never wanting for a better government, they didn’t know what pain and suffering were, and they were about to expand by another being. The 60’s and 70’s were magnificent, better times could not have been imagined, and there was no reason to think that the 80’s would be any different. Ibrahim and Alisa were happy their entire lives.They were a young couple, married for some time, and finally close to birth. And on the 4th of May, their wish became true, and the two of them became parents, and the two of them were able to hold their son in their hands, a creation of their own, a life they had created, something they can be proud of. But then it happened.The passing of a Titan.A great man had passed away, left his people in fear and anxiety, but sacrifice had to be made–out with Tito, and in with Amir. It was very hard for new parents not to worry, but the government, speaking through the only channel on the television, ensured that things were great. In Socialism and Communism, things are always great. They are always magnificent. Always peachy and perfect. Until truth rears its ugly head and shows that nothing is working, nothing is as it should be, and nothing was what it seemed. A new government had come.Now Ibrahim and Alisa worried; they didn’t know what the future might hold, and with it came fear. Inevitably, with fear comes denial. Refusing to accept the obvious, Ibrahim convinced Alisa that all is well, that the war isn’t happening, that it won’t come to Bosnia. Alisa listened to him, and the two of them remained in Yugoslavia to raise their child and make him into a man.A country in shambles, the people divided–Croats on the one side, Serbs on the other, and Muslims in the middle. It was inevitable. What can they do now? What can anyone do once the pigs of war decide to war? And poor Amir, only a child, along for the ride of a lifetime.Silence would dominate the room.Palpable silence.Ibrahim would stare through the window, Alisa into herself and her morality, and Amir wondering if he’ll ever have friends again, if they’ll all die, if he’ll ever play outside, ever again.And the war, well, the war raged on, passing through its worst year yet, 1993, gently gliding into ‘94, showing great promise of better circumstances. Or have the people simply gotten used to the horror?In this majestic piece of art of literary fiction, masterfully streaked with magical elements, Karl Franz Wolfe will take you on a journey through crisis and war and pain, he will make you experience things you never thought you would experience. You will laugh, smile, cringe, possibly even cry, but one thing is certain—you will never look at the world in the same way. But don’t trust me, a stranger who wrote these words, but get the book and go on a journey of a lifetime. It’s only a click away.
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