В "THE UKRAINIAN SINGERS"
by Natalie Kononenko
"Ukrainian Minstrels, and the Blind Shall Sing",
M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 1998, pages 3-10)
В В "The heart and soul of Ukraine is its countryside: the black, fertile soil; the fields of golden wheat dotted with
В В the red of poppy flowers and the blue of cornflowers; the white adobe houses with thatched roofs; the sparking
В В blue streams. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this countryside was peopled with the usual
В В peasants, craftsmen, and peddlers, but also with others who were unique--blind, mendicant minstrels...В В