The Engagement of Blood

1969, Tammi

The Engagement of Blood, published in 1969, is a story about hatred, the vendetta between two families, the execution of which becomes the meaning of life and a burden for the protagonist of the novel. It is a story of a man with a dead heart. He couldn’t and didn’t want to love. When he learned, it was too late.

The Engagement of Blood is a story of revenge and destruction. About the destiny stronger than a man.
“Baltzar has the ability to give birth to a spirit. He is divine narrator, and most importantly - he knows, what he speaks of. For it is rare that Roma has written a book, Veijo Baltzar is constantly declared as a “Roma author”. This kind of viewpoint could slowly fade away. Veijo Baltar is simply an author. And a good one.”

Salon seudun sanomat 14/1/70

“The unwritten, but ever more rigorous laws, ancient ritual-like codes of behaviour and culture of customs all become clear when the reader immerses one-self in the novel. Baltzar does not attempt to turn the everyday wandering and battle of the Roma into a romantic adventure. He points out hunger,
misery, homelessness and racial discrimination of his tribe.”

Sointu Miettinen, Vaasa 25/1/70

“It would be reasonable to describe the novel as “social”, as it speaks of the wandering lifestyle of the Roma, the reasons behind it, racial prejudices and employment policies. It provokes thinking beyond the common everyday phrases, so easily tossed in the air, when it comes to the conflict between these two groups of people.

“For a ’white man’ or a non-Roma, Baltzar’s tongue seems slightly strange and foreign at first. Apparently it contains a fare portion of the own language, temperament and spirit of the Roma. This fact, however, does not bother an open-minded reader for long.”

Ulla Helwe, Keskisuomalainen 10/1/70