A Kazakh Teacher's Story: Surviving the Silent Steppe (Hardcover)

Surviving the Silent Steppe

By Mukhamet Shayakhmetov

Stacey International Publishers, 9781906768768, 192pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

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Description

This book begins where 'The Silent Steppe' left off. It is early 1945, and the author, Mukhamet, still recuperating from serious war injuries, has traveled thousands of kilometers back to his home village in the eastern Kazakh steppe. As he encounters scenes of desperate poverty, he quickly realizes the immense sacrifices made by local people, particularly women, while the able-bodied men were away fighting. Mukhamet endeavors to pick up the pieces of his prewar life, working hard to support his extended family, marrying, continuing his education, and eventually embarking on a life in teaching dedicated to giving young people the best education possible. Through his insightful portraits of local party bosses, district officials and bureaucrats, and tales of the vicissitudes of daily life, a broader, more personal picture emerges of life under Stalin and of his pervading shadow decades on. The author's moral integrity, stoicism and profound respect for the struggles of the common people stand out in this memoir of a life of self-effacing dedication.
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