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The Silent Steppe: The Story of a Kazakh Nomad Under Stalin [Hardcover]

By Mukhamet Shayakhmetov, Jan Butler (Translator) & Anthony Gardner (Editor)
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This is a first-hand account of the genocide of the Kazakh nomads in the 1920s and 30s. Nominally Muslim, the Kazakhs and their culture owed as much to shamanism and paganism as they did to Islam. Their ancient traditions and economy depended on the breeding and herding of stock across the vast steppes of central Asia, and their independent, nomadic way of life was anathema to the Soviets.

Seven-year-old Shayakhmetov and his mother and sisters were left to fend for themselves after his father was branded a "kulak" (well-off peasant and thus class enemy), stripped of his possessions, and sent to a prison camp where he died. In the following years the family traveled thousands of miles across Kazakhstan by foot, surviving on the charity of relatives. Told with dignity and detachment, this central Asian Wild Swans awakens the reader to the scale of suffering of millions of Kazakhs, and also astonishes and inspires as a most singular survivor's tale.

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Pages   345
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Stacey International Publishers
ISBN  1905299125  
ISBN13  9781905299126  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mukhamet Shayakhmetov was a member of a traditional Kazakh nomadic tribe. His trials began early, when the Soviet government's drive to collectivise farming and herding reached the vast steppes of Russia's central Asian empire, and specifically east Kazakhstan.

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Great Book!  Mar 29, 2008
I am currently reading this book, and so far it is a great book, and very enlightening on the Kazakh culture and way of life both prior to and during Soviet times.

Well worth the read!

Mark Conway

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