It is the early nineteenth century, and the Bulgarian village of Gela, the legendary home of Orpheus, is suffering under the heavy taxation and arbitrary justice of Ottoman rule. When his bride-to-be is abducted the night before his wedding, Ivan Gelski takes to the hills and turns to banditry to seek revenge. But a chance encounter with a travelling guitarist, and the bloodshed that follows, set him on a musical journey through fame, martyrdom and legend. In this remarkable reinvention of the tale of Orpheus, Will Buckingham plunges us into the music and folklore of Bulgaria, in a parable about storytelling, sainthood and myth-making.
About the author
Will Buckingham is the author of Cargo Fever (2007, Tindal Street Press) and Finding Our Sea-Legs (2009, Kingston University Press). He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the De Montfort University, Leicester. In 2010 he was awarded the British Academy funding to undertake research for his next novel in China.