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  • The Dead Lake
  • Hamid Ismailov
  • English
  • 10 January 2017
  • 9781908670144

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The Dead Lake Download Ù 100 Hamid Ismailov á 0 Summary Read & download Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Hamid Ismailov 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

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The Dead Lake

The Dead Lake Download Ù 100 Hamid Ismailov á 0 Summary Read & download Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Hamid Ismailov 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 This is an astonishing novella which at 122 pages is full of lyricism and poetry traditional tales music and the modern day horror of nuclear testing An intro tells the reader that from 1949 to 1989 468 nuclear explosions were tested in a test site in the Kazakh steppes This story tells of Yerzhan a 27 year old man who looks like a 12 year old boy whom the narrator meets on a train selling yoghurt and playing his violin He then tells the story of his and his families exposure to nuclear radiation Part folk tale with magical elements it has a love story within it and a picture of the traditions of the Steppes An excellent read giving a snapshot of a region the size of Europe devastated by nuclear testing Yerzhan is a interesting hero who like Oscar in The Tin Drum is a man in the body of a child who in a chilling scene has bathed in the Dead Lake of the title his love interest Aisulu who lives with the family next to his in two isolated huts on the side of the remote railway is also affected I would recommend this book and given its length I am tempted to read it again before it goes back to the library

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The Dead Lake Download Ù 100 Hamid Ismailov á 0 Summary Read & download Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Hamid Ismailov Bidden lake The radio active water changes Yerzhan He will never grow into a man While the girl he loves becomes a beautiful woman'Like a Grimm's Fairy tale this story transforms an innermost fear into an outward reality We witness a prepubescent boy's secret terror of 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 swirling sweeping tornado from the ZoneTwo families still living the ways of ancient Kazakh culture coexist alongside Soviet nuclear testing one son a musical prodigy I found the themes and the telling enthralling and this is by far the best of the Peirene novellas I ve readThe others to one extent or another had that bloodless brittleness of style characteristic of much Eng lang literary fiction and although they are pretty good took many times longer to read than the concept two hour books to be devoured in a single sitting which is one of the press s ad straplines By contrast The Dead Lake feels expansive and relaxed Dissident authors have acuired among some readers a reputation for being dreary Ismailov s work is banned in Uzbekistan he now works for the BBC World Service but this was like being told a fascinating secret Or rather a traveller s tale from a place few Brits ever go This takes the form of a nested narrative the narrator meeting the violinist Yerzhan as he sells local ayran a yoghurt drink on his train Yerzhan still looks like a twelve year old boy although he is 27 he stopped growing and ageing after he walked into a lake near the nuclear testing facilityBut the book is not only the story of that it is of his life from birth Modernity is always present in a way for he lives with his grandfather who is the guard of a rural railway point but the grandmothers as their predecessors must have done for thousands of years groom children for lice and tell stories of Central Asian folklore such as Gesar Horses are an essential part of every day life Events such as nuclear explosions are framed in a subtly mythological way which gives the feeling of a folkloric explanation yet does not explicitly exclude the scientific nightmares of little silver planes suddenly turning into iron eagles and diving at him as if he were a fox cub running across the steppe unable to find a burrow or any kind of refuge from the rumbling or the darkening sky or the new sun rising in the black sky or the mushroomThe story of Yerzhan s musical genius also addresses in detail a wondering I had mentioned in this review of The Kalevala about how things may have been for those of exceptional talent in both ancient and remote rural communities and modern less developed areas Of his own accord as little than a toddler he picks up his grandfather s dombra and copies what he s heard His talent doesn t preclude his later being a fan of pop stars like Red Elvis Dean Reed whom he only hears about via his violin teacher a dodgy Bulgarian who s been exiled to a building site some miles distantThe account of how cut off from his peers he feels due to his failure to grow was beautifully told and lump in the throat sadThe final chapter includes a metafictional playing with different endings but it never feels forced It is simply the narrator wondering about gaps in Yerzhan s story told like a traditional steppe bard just as you might speculate about an interesting person you d met briefly There are if you wish allegories evidently to be found here but if you like a folk influenced story that does not spare the grit this is a wonderful book on its own merits