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Gulsifat Shakhidi - True Paradise, Lost Paradise
The latest book by the Tajik author, Gulsifat Shahidi brings together a selection of articles, reviews and interviews. From reminiscences about her youth during Soviet times to meditations on the nature of nostalgia and what constitutes a true homeland, Shahidi’s thought-provoking articles are filled with a bright sadness, fused at once with both joy and an aching sense of melancholy. In her reviews, the author’s boundless enthusiasm leaps from the pages, whilst her interviews with important figures from contemporary Tajik history are characterised by an open dialogue which speaks to her mastery of the art of journalism.
Ludmila Dubcovetcaia - Rhymes About Boys
A prize-winning poem by Moldovan author, Lyudmila Dubovetskaya, Rhymes about Boys is a vibrant tour de force. Joyful and witty in equal measure, this engaging and fast-paced book is bound to captivate children.
Arina Chunaeva - Leia the Little Mouse
An award-winning debut by screenwriter Arina Chunaeva, her children's book follows the adventures of a small, determined mouse called Leia who loves to draw and paint more than anything else in the world but lives in a town where the authorities are determined to stifle the passions and aspirations of its citizens. A charming and engaging tale, Leia the Little Mouse is a book that both adults and children will enjoy.
Gary Cartwright - Wanted Man - The Story of Mukhtar Ablyazov
With the tenth anniversary of his flight from the authorities in his homeland of Kazakhstan fast approaching, the raft of transnational court cases involving fugitive embezzler Mukhtar Ablyazov show no sign of abating. In a global saga which stretches from an institutional aversion to tackling kleptocracy in the United Kingdom to United States President Donald Trump’s shady business partners, the murky world of Mukhtar Ablyazov even led his family to make a pit stop in the Central African Republic to pick up diplomatic passports. Yet despite having judgements against him totalling $4.9 billion in the British courts alone, almost six years since he fled from the UK to avoid three concurrent 22-month sentences for contempt of court, Ablyazov remains a free man.
Gulsifat Shakhidi - Tales of Grandma Gulsifat
In her expertly-crafted book of fairy tales, Gulsifat Shahidi manages to excite the imaginations of children, whilst evoking a warm, yet melancholy sense of nostalgia in older readers. Funny and engaging, filled with both hope and sorrow, her stories are also instructive, extrapolating on wider themes which affect us all.
Zinaida Longortova - Blue River
Through her childhood reminiscences, Zinaida Longortova brings to life a remote region in far-northern Russia. Extrapolating the folklore and mythology of the Khanty people from her experiences - set around the simple story of a wounded elk calf - the author explores the bonds between humans and nature. Yet whilst this is a novella about a little known indigenous group, the narrative succeeds in harnessing powerful emotions which speak to us all. A timeless story, at once both joyful and melancholy, Blue River is a beguiling tale for all age groups.
Shahzoda Nazarova - Stockholm Syndrome
Called ‘taboo-breaking… revolutionary" by RFE/RL, Stockholm Syndrome is one of the most controversial books to emerge from Tajik society in recent years. The story of a young woman’s struggle to choose between her career and motherhood, the novella shocked this traditional and conservative society. A remembrance of childhood and rumination upon challenges present and future, Nazarova’s work explores themes of immigration and identity. Acclaimed as ‘ahead of its time’ by Persian reviewers, Stockholm Syndrome is an emotional tour de force.
Gulsifat Shakhidi - I am Looking Towards the East
Bringing together two works by the Tajik author, Gulsifat Shahidi, I am Looking Towards the East and Sentimental Journey or All in Good Time, this title takes an in-depth look at the historical relationship between Tajik and Russian literature and literary figures. Volume one draws an endearing portrait of the nineteenth-century translator-poet, Vasily Zhukovsky, whilst volume two concentrates on Russian-Tajik literary connections during the early years of the Soviet Union. Through her painstaking analysis of texts, archival documents and personal interviews, Shahidi masterfully bringing the characters and events of both periods to life. Her works are both academic thesis and a lovingly drawn living history.
Maide Akan - Aysu and the Magic Bag
Maide Akan is a young writer, illustrator, and eco-designer from Astana, Kazakhstan. She is who composes and illustrates stories about Aysu, a girl who leads a campaign to highlight environmental issues. Written with a charm and sophistication which belie her tender years, Akan’s narrative is a seamless blend of fantasy and more modern concerns. Beautifully illustrated, her work is sad and poignant, yet full of youthful hope for the future.