Ballad of Forgotten Years

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Stacey International, 2008 - Fiction - 140 pages
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Here is a tale or tribal vendetta on the steppes of central Asia - the seemingly interminable cycle of atrocity and revenge - between the Turkmen and Adai Kazakhs of yesteryear.
It is a tale, ritually told, of all-but-ritual barbarity: how the 'warrior Zhoneyut' of the Turkmen is driven, despite deeper, gender instincts, to avenge the dreadful retribution wreaked by the Kazakh hero Dyuimkara on his beloved brother Kekbor, and the fateful consequence of his musician son Daulet's attempt at counter-retribution. Yet there is an under-running moral of this prose 'ballad' by the modern master of an ancient Kazakh genre serving to cleanse today's reader with a message for our own times. That message is one of 'eliminating' (in the author's words) 'from our lives the cruelty, evil and mistrust which afflict us, and of giving inspiration to the hardest of hearts, as did the legendary heroes of Kazakhstan'.

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About the author (2008)

Abish Kekilbayev graduated from Kazakh State University where he went on to teach Kazakh Language and Literature.

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