Hertfordshire Press publishes a novel of the Kyrgyz writer in English
Last month the significant event for the Kyrgyz literature took place in London. In the foggy Albion was presentation of the novel Thirteen Steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus written by the Kyrgyz writer Kazat Akmatov.
On June 20, at the Turkish Cultural Center Yunus Emre in London was held a presentation of Kazat Akmatov’s book in English. The novel is published by the Hertfordshire Press publishing house in the UK.
Kazat Akmatov is an internationally recognized national writer of Kyrgyzstan. The novel Thirteen Steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus is based on true events of a decade ago in a remote mountain village in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz writer in his novel tells the story of a young and naive Norwegian girl Erika Klaus, who arrives in the remote Kyrgyz village to teach children the English language. However, the local community lives under the pressure of the cruel Colonel Bronze who has megalomania. At the beginning Erika is delighted with everything happening around, but when she realizes that things that she likes to do are prohibited, she becomes disappointed.
In parallel with the history of the young Norwegian the writer describes personal tragedy of a former soldier Sovetbek, the local police officer Stalbek, director of the school and a young man who married a Kyrgyz refugee from Afghanistan. The stories of these characters are closely linked to corrupt political situation around them, with which they are powerless to fight.
Generally, the novel Thirteen Steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus includes not only the cultural traditions of the Kyrgyz people and the description of life of the Kyrgyz, but also the negative aspects of society, such as corruption, violation of human rights, etc.
Publication of the Kyrgyz writer’s book in the English language by such a respected publishing house, as Hertfordshire Press in the UK, is certainly a great achievement in the literature of the Kyrgyz Republic.