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By Hamid Ismailov

LONG-LISTED FOR THE autonomous international FICTION PRIZE 2015 ------- LONG-LISTED FOR THE overseas DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2016 ------ self sustaining e-book OF THE yr 2014 -------- parent READERS publication OF THE 12 months 2014 ------- A haunting Russian story in regards to the environmental legacy of the chilly struggle. Yerzhan grows up in a distant a part of Soviet Kazakhstan the place atomic guns are proven. As a tender boy he falls in love with the neighbour's daughter and one night, to provoke her, he dives right into a forbidden lake. The radioactive water alterations Yerzhan. he'll by no means develop right into a guy. whereas the lady he loves turns into a stunning girl. ------ Why Peirene selected to post this e-book: 'Like a Grimm's fairy story, this tale transforms an innermost worry into an outward truth. We witness a prepubescent boy's mystery terror of no longer transforming into up right into a guy. We additionally wander in a stunning, fierce panorama in contrast to the other we discover in Western literature. And by way of the tip of Yerzhan's story we're awe-struck through our human resilience within the face of catastrophic, man-made, follies.' Meike Ziervogel, writer

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She even requested him questions, chatting with him like a few stranger, now not her father, addressing him as Shaken Nurpeisovich. A moment movie approximately an atomic explosion. after which ultimately the joys all started. within the playground they have been passed fuel mask and chased after one another like extraterrestrial beings. yet unfortunately the joys didn’t final lengthy. simply because abruptly a true alien in a massive rubber swimsuit broke into their workforce. and everybody iced up. He made a beeline for Aisulu. He grabbed her along with his claw gloves. She screamed. and she or he screamed so loud that even via her gasoline masks and his fuel masks Yerzhan may perhaps pay attention her cry for support. He ran in the direction of her. yet prior to he had reached them, the alien enable pass of Aisulu and lifted his helmet. It was once Uncle Shaken, guffawing out loud. Aisulu instantly joined in along with her father’s laughter. simply Yerzhan checked out him horrified. an odd tremble had seized him from within. in the direction of night Uncle Shaken took the youngsters to the useless Lake. ‘Don’t drink the water and don't contact it,’ he informed them. It used to be a gorgeous lake that had shaped after the explosion of an atomic bomb. A fairy-tale lake, correct there in the course of the flat, point steppe, a stretch of emerald-green water, reflecting the infrequent stray cloud. No stream, no waves, no ripples, no trembling – a bottle-green, glassy floor with simply wary reflections of the lads’ and ladies’ faces as they peeped at its backside through the shore. may possibly there in all likelihood be a few fairy-tale fish or monster of the deep to be present in this static, dense water? The bus driving force known as Uncle Shaken to assist him with a punctured tyre. Yerzhan used to be left accountable for the category. He observed his lengthy shadow mirrored at the water’s floor. Dean Reed within the boundless steppe, beneath the unlimited sky, above the bottomless water. He in brief took Aisulu’s hand. Then he enable move of it and pulled off his T-shirt and trousers and walked evenly into the forbidden water. For a second he splashed approximately in it after which, to the admiring and terrified twittering of Aisulu and the others, he walked out of the water, shook himself off as though not anything had occurred and dressed back in his canvas trousers and chinese language T-shirt. no one snitched on him. And for a very long time afterwards every person recalled with respectful admiration Wunda’s dramatic escapade. half Do l. a. The future The teach moved on around the steppe like Yerzhan’s tale – with out preventing, with out hesitating, onwards and forwards. It was once unusual, yet during this tale there has been none of that bitterness similar to the outdated steam trains, which blew their nasty smoke into the final carriages at the bends. No, the diesel locomotive drew the teach alongside with none pressure, easily and unfalteringly. these early life years have been like a blue-and-yellow happiness, becoming among the sky and the earth. yet nonetheless the terror that whatever may well ensue at any second, pouncing with a surprising roar and tearing the tiles off the roof, stayed with Yerzhan for the subsequent or 3 years. every little thing looked to be going because it may still: autumns in class have been by way of ferocious winters, whilst their door used to be piled so excessive with snow that there has been not anything else to do yet play at the violin or the dombra.

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