The Hatchet


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The Hatchet is available for preorder. It will ship on or before its release date of September 12, 2023.

The Hatchet by Mihail Sadoveanu

The first crime novel in Romanian literature is now available in a new illustrated edition. The story is based on the classic Romanian folk poem Miorita.

Vitoria Lipan is the wife of a shepherd living in a Moldavian village. She can’t read or write but she has outstanding intuition. One day she gets a premonition that something happened to her husband, who was away looking to buy more sheep.

Guided by archaic symbols and local superstitions, Vitoria embarks on a journey to learn the truth.

Her character is a unique portrayal of a simple peasant woman in the 1930s. Despite being illiterate she becomes a true female sleuth, crushing every stereotype of that time period.

Mihail Sadoveanu was a Romanian novelist, short story writer, journalist and political figure. One of the most prolific Romanian-language writers, he is remembered mostly for his historical and adventure novels, as well as for his nature writing.

Dr. A.K. Brackob is a noted specialist in the history of southeastern Europe. His other books include Scanderbeg: A History of George Castriota and the Albanian Resistance to Islamic Expansion in Fifteenth Century Europe.


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