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Begenas Sartov

SARTOV BEGENAS – 1945 to 1978 ( presented by Shahsanem Murray)
Sartov Begenas was born on the 15th of August, 1945 in Checherin Village, Kyrgyzstan.
Unfortuneately Begenas Sartov was only 33 when he passed away, but he left rich and beautiful works including the very first Science Fiction books in the Kyrgyz language.
1963-1971 student of Kyrgyz University of Philology and Graduated this University. His first job thereafter was as an assistant filmmaker in the Kyrgyz Film Studio. After this and up until his untimely death he worked his way through the ranks of two Kyrgyz publications – “Kyrgyzstan” and ” Meken” – and achieved a final position in both as Main Editor.
From the late 1960’s Begenas was a leader of the Group “Too Jyldyzy”- where he inspired and assisted young and talented Kyrgyz individuals most of whom have progressed to become the current batch of well known writers’ and publishers of Kyrgyzstan.
In 1976 Begenas was invited as one of the Soviet Unions’ leading Science Fiction writers to attend the second worldwide meeting of Cosmonauts in Moscow where he was personally met by SSSR Cosmonaut Grechko – the second soviet man in space after SSSR Cosmonaut Gagarin..

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Dance of Devils , Jinlar Bazmi by Abduhamid Ismoil

Dance of Devils , Jinlar Bazmi ( Uzbek language, Uzbek tili ) [Kindle Edition]
Abdulhamid Ismoil (Author), Hamid Ismailov (Foreword)

‘Dance of Devils’ is a novel about the life of a great Uzbek writer Abdulla Qadyri (incidentally, ‘Dance of Devils’ is the name of one of his earliest short stories). In 1937, Qadyri was going to write a novel, which he said was to make his readers to stop reading his iconic novels “Days Bygone” and “Scorpion from the altar,” so beautiful it would have been. The novel would’ve told about a certain maid, who became a wife of three Khans – a kind of Uzbek Helen of Troy. He told everyone: “I will sit down this winter and finish this novel – I have done my preparatory work, it remains only to write. Then people will stop reading my previous books”. He began writing this novel, but on the December 31, 1937 he was arrested. All manuscripts were confiscated and later burnt. Not a single word was left of the novel. On the October 4, 1938, Qadyri was executed by firing squad, along with Chulpan, Fitrat and many other prominent figures of Uzbek culture…
This novel is about that particular period; when Qadyri – an arrested writer, is in prison and obsessed with his novel which reflects both his prison life and his literature. ‘Dance of Devils’ is about this unwritten novel, which goes on in the mind of the writer. Qadyri, once said that when he was busy writing a novel, nothing else could distract him, as if his very own work possessed him.
The novel takes place in a prison environment: where people who are imprisoned alongside him are not only participants but also co-authors of his novel. This Hellenic woman: Oyhon-poshsha, who was firstly forced to marry Kokand Khan Umarkhan (poet Amiri, who was the husband of the poetess Nadira), then (after his sudden death) re-marry his son Madamin, and eventually captured by Amir of Bukhara Nasrullahan, becomes a symbol of Qadyri’s own literature, as beautiful as also betrayed.

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Birds of Uzbekistan by Boris Nedosekov

Birds of Uzbekistan
This is a superb collection of full-colour photographs provided by the members of Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds, with text in both English and in Russian.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan’s declaration of independence in 1991, unlike in other Central Asian states there have been no such illustrated books published about the birds of this country’s rich and diverse wildlife.

There are more than 500 species of birds in Uzbekistan, with 32 included in the International Red Data Book. After independence, Uzbekistan began to attract the attention of foreign tourist companies, and particularly those specialising in ornithological tourism and birdwatching. Birds of Uzbekistan is therefore a much-needed and timely portrait of this element of the country’s remarkable wildlife.

ISBN: 978-0955754913

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Tales from Bush House collected and edited by Hamid Ismailov, Marie Gillespie, and Anna Aslanyan

Tales from Bush House
collected and edited by Hamid Ismailov, Marie Gillespie, and Anna Aslanyan
This is a collection of short narratives about working lives, mostly real and comic, sometimes poignant or apocryphal, gifted to the editors by former and current BBC World Service employees. They are tales from inside Bush House – the home of the World Service since 1941 – escaping through its marble-clad walls at a time when its staff members began their departure to new premises in Portland Place.
In its collective authorship, it documents the cultural diversity of the World Service, showing how the extraordinary people who worked there, and the magnificent, chaotic building they shared, shaped one another. We use the word tales to signal that this is a book that mixes genres – ethnographic and folkloric stories, oral histories and jokes. Recounting tales involves an intricate relationship between talking and telling – as in the working life of a broadcaster.

ISBN: 978-0-9557549-7-5

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When The Edelweiss Flowers Flourish by Begenas Sartov

When The Edelweiss Flowers Flourish
by Begenas Sartov
The author frequently explored the tension between Soviet technological progress, the political and social climates and Kyrgyz traditions in his work, and When The Edelweiss Flowers Flourish depicts an uneasy relationship between two worlds. Using the science fiction genre, the novel’s main character is Melis – derived from Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin – who has his counter in Silem, an alien being sent to earth to remove Edelweiss plants to help save his own planet from a deadly virus.

The essence of the story was attributed by Begenas to a childhood experience when a village elder helped him recuperate from breaking his arm, using a herbal mixture of seven grasses. These grasses – Edelweiss, Ermen, Ak kadol, Shyraajyn, Oo koroshyn, Kokomirin and Shybak – are still found in the high Kyrgyz mountains today, and are still widely used for their medicinal properties.

 

ISBN: 978-0955754951

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Under the Wolf nest: A Turkic Rhapsody by Kairat Zakiryanov

Under the Wolf nest: A Turkic Rhapsody
by Kairat Zakiryanov

Were the origins of Islam, Christianity and the legend of King Arthur all influenced by steppe nomads from Kazakhstan?Ranging through thousands of years of history, and drawing on sources from Herodotus through to contemporary Kazakh and Russian research, the crucial role in the creation of modern civilisation played by the Turkic people is revealed in this detailed yet highly accessible work. Professor Kairat Zakiryanov, President of the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism, explains how generations of steppe nomads, including Genghis Khan, have helped shape the language, culture and populations of Asia, Europe, the Middle East and America through migrations taking place over millennia. History is shaped by the victors, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union new attempts are being made to recover historical and ethnographical detail that previous empires swept aside. After reading Under the Sign of the Wolf: A Turkic Rhapsody you will look again at language and culture, and realise the living histories they represent.

translated & edited by Robin Thompson

ISBN: 978-0957480728

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Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey by Nick Rowan

Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey

by Nick Rowan
This is the chronicle of an extraordinary adventure that led Nick Rowan to some of the world’s most incredible and hidden places. Intertwined with the magic of 2,000 years of Silk Road history, he recounts his experiences coupled with a remarkable realisation of just what an impact this trade route has had on our society as we know it today. Containing colourful stories, beautiful photography and vivid characters, and wrapped in the local myths and legends told by the people Nick met and who live along the route, this is both a travelogue and an education of a part of the world that has remained hidden for hundreds of years.
Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey reveals just how rich the region was both culturally and economically and uncovers countless new friends as Nick travels from Venice through Eastern Europe, Iran, the ancient and modern Central Asia of places like Samarkand, Bishkek and Turkmenbashi, and on to China, along the Silk Roads of today.

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Nick Rowan

Editor-in-Chief of UK published magazine, Open Central Asia, and author of “Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey” that recounts his travel adventures along the Silk Road, Nick Rowan has an insatiable appetite for all things Central Asian. An Oxford University graduate, now working in the Oil industry for Shell in London, Nick spends much of his spare time exploring Central Asia, having travelled

to all the countries on numerous occasions, his latest adventure spent two weeks tracking the Pamir Highway in 2011. His favourite evenings are those spent on the plains of Central Asia sitting in the warmth of a homely yurt laughing and joking with its owners over a good bowl of laghman accompanied by freshly baked lepioshka bread.
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Hamid Ismailov

Hamid Ismailov (born 1954, Kyrgyzstan) is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 and came to the United Kingdom, where he took a job with the BBC World Service. His works are banned in Uzbekistan. He published dozens of books in Uzbek, Russian, French, German, Turkish and other languages. Among them books of poetry: “Sad”(Garden)(1987), “Pustynya”(Desert) (1988), of visual poetry: “Post Faustum” (1990), “Kniga Otsutstvi ” (1992), novels “Sobranie Utonchyonnyh” (1988), “Le Vagabond Flamboyant” (1993), “Hay-ibn-Yakzan” (2001), “Hostage to Celestial Turks” (2003), “Doroga k smerti bol’she chem smert’”(The Road to Death is bigger than Death) (2005) and many others. He translated Russian and Western classics into Uzbek, and Uzbek and Persian classics into Russian and some Western languages.

Ismailov’s novel “The Railway”, originally written before he left Uzbekistan, was the first to be translated into English, by Robert Chandler, and was published in 2006. A Russian edition was published in Moscow in 1997. Another novel “A Poet and Bin-Laden”(English translation of “Doroga k smerti bol’she chem smert’”) , translated by Andrew Bromfield, was published in September 2012[1]. His triptych, the novels “Mbobo”, “Googling for Soul” and “Two Lost to Life” are also translated into English.