The Sponge Diver by Panait Istrati
Approx. 8,670 words.
Published on April 3, 2010 by
"The Sponge Diver" features the young Romanian vagabond Adrien Zograffi, this time in Greece, as he listens to the harrowing tale of a fellow Romanian drifter's season of forced labor aboard a small ship plying the Eastern Mediterranean in search of rich sponge beds.
Panait Istrati (1884-1935) was once among the most popular writers in Europe.