A Hundred Years on the Steppe

A Hundred Years on the Steppe

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This book contains three works by the renowned Kazakh author Bayangali Alimzhanov. The first and longest story is a riveting snapshot of twentieth century Kazakh history narrated by a hundred-year-old steppe dweller. In simple and powerful language, he relates his experiences of revolution, famine, terror, war and the gulag. He survives and lives to see his country's independence. The second work is a highly imaginative morality tale about a man who injects a 'conscience drug' into politicians and bullies. Ranging from sinister to humorous to uplifting, this story turns into an incisive critique of modern civilisation. The third story, 'a tale for children and youths, ' is a historical legend of Khan Ablai the warrior. Together, these stories afford the western reader a rare and fascinating glimpse into Kazakh history and culture
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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 27mm | 585g
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1913356108
  • 9781913356101
  • 3,705,701

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"The Kazakh poet Bayangali Alimzhanov is rightly called a phenomenal person whose talents are multi-faceted. His deeply existential novel "A Hundred Years on the Steppe" goes beyond the narrow definitions of a documentary-historical work. Readers and critics call this work a unique novel of the 21st century. This is a tale about the life of Asanbay Bektemirov, a simple steppe man. The dramatic nature of his fate is closely connected to the history of his people as they fight for self-preservation and freedom. During his life he survived many of the great tragedies that took place in this region during the twentieth century."
-- Serik Negimov, doctor of philological sciences, professor. Kazakhstan.

"Let me Live!" is an astonishing story that inspires and uplifts and makes one appreciate life in all its abundant richness."
-- Irina Kraeva, writer. Russia.

"A wonderful, inspiring book! It captures your attention from the first pages and becomes unputdownable!"
-- Tatyana Tensina, Director of the National Library of Udmurtia. Russia.

"A brilliant work!"
-- Umitkhan Munalbaeva, doctor of pedagogical sciences, professor.
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