Auteur: Shayakhmetov, Mukhamet
Titel: The silent steppe
Sub titel: The story of a Kazakh nomad under Stalin
"The Silent Steppe" is an enthralling memoir of one of the most traumatic periods of Soviet history, as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in a family of Kazakh nomads. It encompasses the horrors of political persecution and famine in the 1930s, and culminates in the author's first-hand account of the Battle of Stalingrad and his long trek home through freezing winter conditions after being wounded and discharged from the Red Army. This vivid personal story tells of the devastating consequences for ordinary people of political theorising and dictatorship. Shayakhmetov describes scouring the fields with his mother for a few ears of corn, and journeying alone across frozen rivers in the wolf-haunted steppe. It is a tale which chronicles the extremes of human behaviour in adversity - from the government officials feasting on delicacies while those around them starve, to the peasants who share their last scraps of food with a young visitor. It is a personal story such as has never been unfolded in print before: a vital and tragic contribution to the history of the Soviet dictatorship, told with simplicity and the heroic resignation of one who endured it and has survived to tell the tale.
2006, 250 pag., Euro 33,5
Stacey International, London, ISBN 1905299125
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