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Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov (Bulgarian: Никола Йонков Вапцаров; Born 7 December 1909 - performed through firing Squad 23 July 1942) used to be a Bulgarian poet, communist and progressive. operating such a lot of his lifestyles as a machinist, he simply wrote in his spare time. even though he ever released just one poetry booklet, he's one in all an important Bulgarian poets. as a result of his underground communist task opposed to the govt. of Boris III and the German troops in Bulgaria, Vaptsarov used to be arrested, attempted, sentenced and carried out an identical evening by means of a firing squad. he's additionally thought of an ethnic Macedonian author within the Republic of Macedonia.

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Our duel began long ago . Our duel wi th passion we've w aged for m any long days. For days we've locked our arms and wris ts. I 'll never forget your bru tal fist. In the mine gas exploded. The layers of coal buried fifteen men below. 44 Buried fifteen human corpses. One of them wa s I. By the do or of a slum lies a smoking gun, whil e the corpse s lowly freezes. No shouting, no din, one bullet then - dirt for the bin. It's as easy as that. No fight ing. No pass ion for l ife, and no fuss. Don' t you know who it was ?

But to die, when the e a rth is beginni11g to shake off its slough of wrong, whe11 millio11s are being re born, is a song, yes, that is a song I A S O N G O F M AN We argued, a lady and I on the topic : "The man of our time". The lady, a peevish, excitable lady impatiently stamped, answered back. Overwhelmed me vith torrents of muddled complaint and a hailstorm of ver bal attack. • I said. - Just a moment I Look here. '' But she cut me short, taking offence : "I beg you, stop talking. " "Just a moment, " I read of - a fellow who took up a chopper against his own brother and killed him.

AU righV' He started a curious and they followed after him, feeling ominous chill. The soldier thought : " Let's get it over and done with ! " Outside itl the passage they talked in a whisper. The corners were hidden in shade. At last they came down to the courtyard. Above it the sky shone with breaking of day. The man saw the dawn and the brightening sky where a star in its brilliance bathed. And fell to. considering deeply his grievous, ferocious and blind, human fate. · 56 "My fate is decided, I'll hang from the rope.

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