Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan

Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of KazakhstanDark 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

The Dead LakeA 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 radio act

Half a World Away

Half a World AwayA 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 n nEleven year old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he s an epic fail That s why his family is

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Blank 133x176The 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

Woman in Exile: My Life in KazakhstanJuliana 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, th

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichThe only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn n nFirst 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 stru

The Dead Wander in the Desert

The Dead Wander in the DesertFrom Kazakhstan s most celebrated author comes his powerful and timely English language debut about a fisherman s struggle to save the Aral Sea, and its way of life, from man made ecological disaster n nUnfolding on the vast grasslands of the steppes of Kazakhstan before its independence from the USS

Ballad of Forgotten Years

Ballad of Forgotten YearsHere 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 sacr

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Silk Roads: A New History of the WorldFor 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

Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central AsiaCentral 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 ga

Once in Kazakhstan: The Snow Leopard Emerges

Once in Kazakhstan: The Snow Leopard EmergesSoon 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

Half a World AwayA 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 n nEleven year old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he s an epic fail That s why his family is

The Dead Lake

The Dead LakeA 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 radio act