WHEN THE WINGED LIONS RETURN
From times immemorial, Abardagan - a magnificent land was inhabited by different people of diverse lifestyles, living under one ruler and following the Book of Judge, which ensured peace and calm of its citizens until Sula, one of the rulers, married a sorcerer ’s descendant. The consequences of this marriage turned once powerful land into land of curse and turmoil. And here comes Lile Iroeli - a hero who always is on the watch for the world, when it faces unavoidable danger. The author based on actual knowledge of Georgian mythology skillfully presents an unique world, where the readers may find out a story of wolf-headed people, discover a secret of a wet- eyed mask and participate in yet unseen war, in which human beings, animals and trees fight side by side. But everything can be changed if the sacred moment comes and the winged lions return. The novel won The Golden Feather at the literature competition 2008.
Translated into English by PJ Hillery
Omdurman – City of Sorcerers and Chaos Singers
‘It’s a boy! A boy!’ Sula heard his mother’s voice. A tall, grey-haired woman rushed into the hall and embraced her son.
This woman was wearing a black satin dress, she had a red sash with long tassels wrapped several times around her waist, and on her forehead were painted two circles, the sorcerers’ sign.
‘One more Sula!’ said the ruler of the Chaos Singers proudly, looking up with pride at the picture of his great ancestor.
‘Thank you, son.’
‘Why are you thanking me, mother?’ Sula was surprised.
‘For naming your child Sula,’ the woman responded.
‘Well, what should I have called him?’
‘I was told your wife was going to give the child another name!’ said the Queen Mother through clenched teeth.
‘Asai is perfectly well aware I’m calling my first-born son Sula. She won’t dare refuse. She simply asked me permission to call him by another name.’
‘Simply asked you? Under no circumstances!’
‘You are a mother and shouldn’t find it hard to understand her. For several years now all my ancestors have been called Sula, all of them were defeated in the struggle for Abardagan, all killed on the battlefield. Asai thinks a second name might ward off such a fate from our son.’
‘And have you allowed her to do this?’... (See PDF)
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