Branislav Nusic's Hajduci: A Classic Novel for Children
Branislav Nusic (1864-1938) was a famous Serbian writer, journalist, playwright and politician. He is best known for his comedies and satires that depict the life and mentality of the Serbian people. He also wrote several novels and stories for children, among which Hajduci (The Bandits) is the most popular.
Hajduci was published in 1933 and is based on Nusic's own childhood memories. The novel tells the adventures of a group of six boys who live in Smederevo, a town on the Danube river, in the second half of the 19th century. The boys are bored with school and home life, so they decide to form a band of hajduci, or outlaws, who fight against the Turks and other enemies of the Serbian people. They choose a fallen oak tree as their headquarters and make plans to rob caravans, rescue captives, attack fortresses and perform other heroic deeds.
The novel is written in a humorous and lively style, with many dialogues and descriptions that capture the spirit and language of the children. The characters are vividly portrayed, each with their own personality, strengths and weaknesses. The novel also reflects the historical and social context of the time, showing the influence of the Serbian uprising against the Ottoman Empire, the development of education and culture, and the customs and traditions of the rural and urban life.
Hajduci is a classic novel for children that has been translated into many languages and adapted into several films and TV series. It is a timeless story that appeals to young readers with its humor, adventure, friendship and patriotism.
The novel consists of 14 chapters, each describing a different episode in the boys' adventures. Some of the chapters are:
Na hrastovom stablu (On the Oak Tree) - The introduction of the characters and their meeting place.
Äetvrtkom posle podne (Thursday Afternoon) - The boys discuss their dreams and aspirations.
Hajduci (The Bandits) - The boys decide to become hajduci and elect Brba as their leader.
TeÅak san (A Heavy Dream) - The narrator has a nightmare about being caught by the Turks.
Prva hajduÄija (The First Banditry) - The boys attempt to rob a carriage but end up helping an old woman.
Druga hajduÄija (The Second Banditry) - The boys try to rescue a girl from a Turkish bey but fail miserably.
TreÄa hajduÄija (The Third Banditry) - The boys attack a Turkish fortress but are repelled by cannon fire.
Äetvrta hajduÄija (The Fourth Banditry) - The boys capture a Turkish soldier and interrogate him.
Peta hajduÄija (The Fifth Banditry) - The boys steal a sheep from a shepherd and roast it.
Å esta hajduÄija (The Sixth Banditry) - The boys raid a Turkish wedding and cause chaos.
Sedma hajduÄija (The Seventh Banditry) - The boys ambush a Turkish patrol and take their weapons.
Osma hajduÄija (The Eighth Banditry) - The boys free some Serbian prisoners from a Turkish prison.
Deveta hajduÄija (The Ninth Banditry) - The boys join forces with some real hajduci and fight against the Turks.
Kraj hajduÄije (The End of Banditry) - The boys return to their homes and face the consequences of their actions.
The novel ends with a moral lesson that the boys learn from their experience: that they should not follow the bad example of Brba, who led them into trouble, but rather listen to their parents and teachers, who want the best for them. The narrator also expresses his gratitude to his friends for their loyalty and friendship, and hopes that they will always remember their childhood adventures. 061ffe29dd