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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>Janko Muzykant Review

Janko Muzykant

Book Review   by:michalwiech     Original Author: Henryk Sienkiewicz
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This abstract was translated from Janko Muzykant
 
Janko was born weak and unhealthy. He was immediately baptised, for fear that he would die. Being ten years old Janko was still very slim and weak. He was often hungry and frozen. People regarded him as obtuse and unwilling to work. However, Janko had a great passion for music. He would find music everywhere around him- in the forest, in the fields, in the meadows. He would often stop working and listen to echoes, trees and wind. His mother would not take him to church, because when he had heard the organ music, his mind would often have wandered. In the evenings Janko would often go near the public house and listen to the music. He was listening to the fiddle and he longed to have such an instrument. He had made several wooden flutes before he made his own fiddle using horse hair. Although the fiddle did not sound like the one in the pub he was delighted with it and kept on playing it, despite his mother's pokes. In the spring Janko became even more unhealthy. He subsisted on raw carrots and a burning desire to have his own fiddle. There was a butler in the nearby manor house who had a fiddle. He hung it on the wall. Janko knew about the fiddle and would often sneak up on the window just to have a look at the desired instrument.
Then, one night, there was nobody in the room. The fiddle, lit by the moonlight was enlivened, it seemed almost magical. The desire to touch the fiddle was stronger than the fear of being caught. Janko entered the room and immediately got caught and beaten by the butler. The next day Janko was sentenced by aldermen to flogging for an avidity for theft. Stach, the man who carried out the sentence,despite the boy's wails and weeps, so severely harmed Janko, that the boy died three days later. Before the death Janko had heard the music and dreamt that he would be given his own fiddle in heaven. The day after Janko's death the squire's family came back from Italy. They were utterly ravished by the beauty of the places they visited and full of enthusiasm for their idea of helping young, talented artists. Talent for music led Janko to death. The community he lived in, the backwardness of the people did not let them perceive the child's gift.
Published: September 01, 2005   
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