The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years

06 April 2020 | By Chingiz Aitmatov | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Set in the vast windswept Central Asian steppes and the infinite reaches of galactic space, this powerful novel offers a vivid view of the culture and values of the Soviet Union s Central Asian peoples.

The Silent Steppe: The Memoir of a Kazakh Nomad Under Stalin

06 April 2020 | By Mukhamet Shayakhmetov | Filed in: kazakhstan.

This is a first hand account of the genocide of the Kazakh nomads in the 1920s and 30s Nominally Muslim, the Kazakhs and their culture owed as much to shamanism and paganism as they did to Islam Their ancient traditions and economy depended on the breeding and herding of stock across the vast

Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan

06 April 2020 | By Joanna Lillis | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Dark Shadows is a compelling portrait of Kazakhstan, a country that is little known in the West Strategically located in the heart of Central Asia, sandwiched between Vladimir Putin s Russia, its former colonial ruler, and Xi Jinping s China, this vast oil rich state is carving out its place in the

The Dead Lake

06 April 2020 | By Hamid Ismailov | Filed in: kazakhstan.

A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tests atomic weapons As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour s daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake The

Half a World Away

06 April 2020 | By Cynthia Kadohata | Filed in: kazakhstan.

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award Eleven year old Jaden is adopted, and he knows hes an epic fail Thats why his family is

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06 April 2020 | By Sarah I Cameron | Filed in: kazakhstan.

The book brings the largely unknown story of the Kazakh famine of 1930 33 to light, using this case study to overturn several assumptions about violence, modernization, and nation making under Stalin

Woman in Exile: My Life in Kazakhstan

06 April 2020 | By Juliana Starosolska | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Juliana Starosolska was taken by the Stalinists from her parents home in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv and deported in a sealed boxcar to a distant and primitive outpost in Siberian Kazakhstan In Woman in Exile, she records her ordeals in a series of vignettes that capture the horrific,

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

06 April 2020 | By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Filed in: kazakhstan.

The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature The story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his

The Dead Wander in the Desert

06 April 2020 | By Rollan Seisenbayev | Filed in: kazakhstan.

From Kazakhstans most celebrated author comes his powerful and timely English language debut about a fishermans struggle to save the Aral Sea, and its way of life, from man made ecological disaster Unfolding on the vast grasslands of the steppes of Kazakhstan before its independence from the USSR,

Ballad of Forgotten Years

06 April 2020 | By Abish Kekilbayev | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Here is a novella of ancient times, of savage retribution of torture and hostage taking between the feuding Kazakhs and Turkmen It tells of crude chieftainly honor and vengeance Its material is drawn from the oral tradition and folk memory of today s Kazakhs, whose nomadic way of life was

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

06 April 2020 | By Peter Frankopan | Filed in: kazakhstan.

For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west in the New World of the Americas Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, a region that once took centre stage is again rising to

Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia

06 April 2020 | By David H. Mould | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and

Once in Kazakhstan: The Snow Leopard Emerges

06 April 2020 | By Keith Rosten | Filed in: kazakhstan.

Soon after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Keith Rosten leaves the United States to be a Fulbright Lecturer in newly independent Kazakhstan In Once in Kazakhstan, Rosten draws a sometimes humorous portrait of a critical period in the emergence of this Central Asian country, interweaving the

Half a World Away

06 April 2020 | By Cynthia Kadohata | Filed in: kazakhstan.

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award Eleven year old Jaden is adopted, and he knows hes an epic fail Thats why his family is

The Dead Lake

06 April 2020 | By Hamid Ismailov | Filed in: kazakhstan.

A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tests atomic weapons As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour s daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake The