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The silent steppe : the memoir of a Kazakh nomad under Stalin

Author: Mukhamet Shai︠a︡khmetov; Jan Butler; Tom Stacy; Jennifer Skelly
Publisher: New York : Overlook/Rookery Press, 2007. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This rare and moving book 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 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." "Mukhamet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
Biographies
History
Named Person: Mukhamet Shai︠a︡khmetov; Mukhamet Shai︠a︡khmetov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mukhamet Shai︠a︡khmetov; Jan Butler; Tom Stacy; Jennifer Skelly
ISBN: 1585679550 9781585679553
OCLC Number: 179904210
Notes: Translated from the Russian.
Description: xiv, 345 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: PART ONE: CLASS ENEMY: The life we lost --
My uncle's trial --
The Holy Yurt --
My sister's secret wedding --
The last Autumn of the Nomadic Aul --
The escape of the Oralman Clans --
School --
The Kulak's son --
Confiscation --
The silent steppe --
Leaving much loved places --
My perilous journey --
At Kalmakbai Aul --
Deportation --
PART TWO: FAMINE: The refugees --
Fleeing back home --
Hunger comes to the Aul --
Days of mourning --
The new harvest --
The milk of human kindness --
The last days of famine --
A home of our own --
Adolescence --
PART THREE: WAR: The coming of the Great Patriotic War --
In the Red Army --
At the Front --
Stalingrad --
Casualty --
On the border --
The journey home.
Responsibility: Mukhamet Shayakhmetov ; translated from the Russian by Jan Butler ; [introduction by Tom Stacey].

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"This rare and moving book 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 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." "Mukhamet Shayakhmetov was born into a family of nomadic Kazakh herdsmen in 1922, the year of the consolidation of Soviet rule across his people's vast steppe-land. As the devastating Soviet policy of collectivization of agriculture took hold, it set off wide spread famine; in 1932-34 over one million Knzakhs died; more than one quarter of the indigenous population. 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.

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