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Not growing up into a man We also wander in a beautiful fierce landscape unlike any other we find in Western Literature And by the end of Yerzhan's tale we are awe struck by our human resilience in the face of catastrophic man made follies' Meike Ziervogel Peirene Press. An astonishing tale tinged with sadnessrecounted by Yerzhan to a stranger on a train journey that is in part imagined by the listenerYerzhan grows up at a railway siding where two families live their lives intertwined than appears on the surface Every so often the ground shakes another sun rises and everything is still Then there is the Zone that area where it is so silent his ears ringYerzhan learns the violin and is bright but the real light in his life is Aisula a light that gradually fades upon his reaching the age of 12 when he walks into the forbidden Dead Lake to impress her and from that day stops growing destined to watch her pass himAnd the thing that loomed over him like a visceral fear could happen in the middle of the sweltering summer when sheep suddenly started bleating as if they were under the knife and went dashing in all directions cows dug their horns into the ground and the donkey suealed and rolled around in the dustAnd a slight rumble would run through the ground Yerzhan s legs would start tremblingand then his whole body and the fear would rise up from his shaking knees to his stomach and freeze there in a heavy ache until the sky cracked over his head and shattered into pieces crushing him completely reducing him to dust to sand to scraps of grass and wool And the black whirlwind hurtled past above him with a wild howlFull review here at Word by Word Mercator into a man We also wander Pasos perdidos en Granada in a beautiful fierce landscape unlike any other we find Suffering and no suffering in Western Literature And by the end of Yerzhan's tale we are awe struck by our human resilience Can We Live 150 Years? in the face of catastrophic man made follies' Meike Ziervogel Peirene Press. An astonishing tale tinged with sadnessrecounted by Yerzhan to a stranger on a train journey that The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is Robs Shiny Dumptruck in part Business English imagined by the listenerYerzhan grows up at a railway siding where two families live their lives Mama Glow is still Then there Fire in the Sky is the Zone that area where olga spessivtzeva it ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! is so silent his ears ringYerzhan learns the violin and I Am Providence is bright but the real light An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, in his life The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob is Aisula a light that gradually fades upon his reaching the age of 12 when he walks WeVe Only Just Begun into the forbidden Dead Lake to Real Estate Mistakes impress her and from that day stops growing destined to watch her pass himAnd the thing that loomed over him like a visceral fear could happen Computer Network Time Synchronization in the middle of the sweltering summer when sheep suddenly started bleating as Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider if they were under the knife and went dashing Ignition in all directions cows dug their horns Mitologii subiective into the ground and the donkey suealed and rolled around Between Heaven and Mirth in the dustAnd a slight rumble would run through the ground Yerzhan s legs would start tremblingand then his whole body and the fear would rise up from his shaking knees to his stomach and freeze there Biogenealogy in a heavy ache until the sky cracked over his head and shattered Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista into pieces crushing him completely reducing him to dust to sand to scraps of grass and wool And the black whirlwind hurtled past above him with a wild howlFull review here at Word by Word

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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 for. Whilst on a train journey across Kazakhstan the narrator meets Yerzhan a twenty seven year old itinerant peddler and virtuoso violinist who strangely has the looks and build of a boy of twelve years After overcoming his initial diffidence Yerzhan starts to recount the tale of his childhood He recalls growing up in a two family settlement on a lonely remote railway outpost in the Kazakh steppes close to a top secret Zone where Soviet nuclear experiments were carried out He tells of his precocious musical talents on the dombra lute like folk instrument and the violin and his eually precocious love for his neighbour Aisulu Chillingly he recalls a fateful day when during a school outing to the Zone he waded into a radioactive lake to impress his classmates Did the poisonous waters stunt his growth or was some other worldly spell cast on him I suppose Hamid Ismailov s novella might be regarded as a work of magical realism I would prefer to describe it as a modern day fable or myth For what is mythology if not an attempt to describe and explain the world through stories and symbols In this case Ismailov conjures up images of terrible beauty by means of which he evokes daily life in the Kazakh steppes at the height of the Cold War Andrew Bromfield s sensitive translation from the original Russian retains a poetic feel to it as if the prose were permeated with the strains of Yerzhan s dombra A haunting coming of age novel about a boy who does not come of age this is my favourite amongst the Peirene Press publications I have had the pleasure to readhttpsendsofthewordblogspotcom20 The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tests atomic weapons As a young boy he falls The Academy in love with the neighbour's daughter and one evening to Full Dark, No Stars impress her he dives If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, into a for. Whilst on a train journey across Kazakhstan the narrator meets Yerzhan a twenty seven year old 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida itinerant peddler and virtuoso violinist who strangely has the looks and build of a boy of twelve years After overcoming his La ética de la crueldad initial diffidence Yerzhan starts to recount the tale of his childhood He recalls growing up 3052 in a two family settlement on a lonely remote railway outpost Mercator instrument and the violin and his eually precocious love for his neighbour Aisulu Chillingly he recalls a fateful day when during a school outing to the Zone he waded Pasos perdidos en Granada into a radioactive lake to Suffering and no suffering impress his classmates Did the poisonous waters stunt his growth or was some other worldly spell cast on him I suppose Hamid Ismailov s novella might be regarded as a work of magical realism I would prefer to describe Can We Live 150 Years? it as a modern day fable or myth For what The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is mythology Robs Shiny Dumptruck if not an attempt to describe and explain the world through stories and symbols In this case Ismailov conjures up Business English images of terrible beauty by means of which he evokes daily life Mama Glow it as Fire in the Sky if the prose were permeated with the strains of Yerzhan s dombra A haunting coming of age novel about a boy who does not come of age this olga spessivtzeva is my favourite amongst the Peirene Press publications I have had the pleasure to readhttpsendsofthewordblogspotcom20


10 thoughts on “The Dead Lake

  1. says:

    A story told during a train journey thorough the vast steppes of Kazakhstan by a violinist who relates his life in a small village near a nuclear test site simply referred to as The Zone that had dramatic conseuences in his life Hamid Ismailov mentions that for forty years during the cold war in that populated region the Semipalatinsk Nucle

  2. says:

    Whilst on a train journey across Kazakhstan the narrator meets Yerzhan a twenty seven year old itinerant peddler and virtuoso violini

  3. says:

    Hamid Ismailov’s The Dead Lake is the first in Peirene's Coming of Age Towards Identity series It was first published in Russia in 2011 and as with all of the Peirene titles this is its first translation into English Andrew Bromfield has do

  4. says:

    Ominous and timely when you think about our own man who never grew up's plans to destroy our water

  5. says:

    This was an impressive tale of a young boy and his family living next to the railway station and a nuclear bomb testing areaI was drawn in by the narration trying to solve the mystery of the young man's history a

  6. says:

    Dec 2014 The joy of the steppe the joy of music and the joy of childhood always coexisted in Yerzhan with the anticipation of that inescapable terrible abominable thing that came as a rumbling and a trembling and then a swir

  7. says:

    An astonishing tale tinged with sadnessrecounted by Yerzhan to a stranger on a train journey that is in part imagined by the listenerYerzhan grows up at a railway siding where two families live their lives intertwined than appears on the surface Every so often the ground shakes another sun rises and everything is still Then there is the Zone that area where it is so silent his ears ringYerzhan learns the violin and is bright but the real li

  8. says:

    This is an astonishing novella which at 122 pages is full of lyricism and poetry traditional tales music and the m

  9. says:

    Hauntingly beautiful writing even when reporting the horrific

  10. says:

    In a Zweig like framing device the story is told in the course of a train journey through Kazakhstan The story involves a boy growing up in an isolated location close to a Soviet nuclear testing site and the effect this has on him and his family as they nevertheless continue with their lives schooling friendship musical talent farming Tragedy strikes early in the boy's life after a dip in a toxic lake causes him to stop

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