About qazaq children's book: „In Search of Golden Bowl: The Adventures of Batu and His Friends”
The children's book “In Search of Golden Bowl: The Adventures of Batu and His Friends” is written in the genre of „turkic fantasy” with elements of a children's detective and action.
The authors of the book succeeded in combining the realities of the life of modern children with the history and mythology of the ancient Turks, and described the rather complex spiritual views of the Tengrians in an easy accessible language.
A mythologist, supporter of Qazaq folk culture Zira Nauryzbaeva and a writer Lilia Klaus wrote the book together.
The book tells about the adventures of Batu, a boy living today and his friends. Schoolchildren become acquainted with Aspara, the prince of the Massagets, and together with him they go to seek the sacred golden cup of wisdom and justice mysteriously disappeared in ancient times. During the search, they meet mythological characters, such as a holy bird of happiness Samruk. The bird helps children to defeat the intrigues of enemies. Unexpected finds and losses, betrayal and meeting new friends, finding themselves wait for the heroes of the book.
Through history that takes place against the backdrop of Qazaqstan's reality, children are gently offered information about Qazaq culture, language and history, cultivating Qazaqstan's patriotism, a sense of cooperation and solidarity with fellow-countrymen, a sense of responsibility for their deeds, for their family and for the destiny of the country as a whole.
The writers talk how they decided to write such a book. “Zira and I loved the idea to create something that our children would like to read and it should be for sure about Qazaq culture, mythology and its fairy tales. We thought that ideally the heroes of the book should be children of today, the same children as ours. Because children like to read about their own adventures and discoveries. Very soon we developed the idea and a book about Adventures of Batu and His Friends appeared.
Although the book was written eight years ago, all this time we tried to publish it, but could not find financial funds to publish the book, receiving refusals from the jury of children's literature contests” – said Lilia Klaus.
“I began to spread fragments from the book on my website, and one day a woman called me. She said that she had read the fragments and wanted to publish my book at her own cost. It turns out that she found in the fragments an explanation of why the Qazaqs are forbidden to stand on the threshold. Her parents had forbidden her during her life with her parents to step on the threshold of the living apartment and did not explain why. And she also forbids her children and does not explain why. Because she does not know the reason. And from our book she learnt that the threshold of the yurt among the Turkic peoples is a sacred place, a door to the another world. Therefore, you can not step on it, you can not anger the spirits” – said Zira Nauryzbaeva during one of her interviews.
The book is written in Qazaq and Russian languages and was published first in Russian in 2014. The writers also have an intention to create a full-length cartoon based on the story of Batu and his friends.
Writers believe that readers would find reading this book enjoyable and informative.
1. Lilia Klaus is a philologist, writer, literary editor, screenwriter, radio host, artist.
From 2001 up to 2014 she was the editor-in-chief of a literary magazine “Knigolyub” (Almaty).
Between 2014-2016 she broadcasted the program “Classicomania” on Radio Classic (Qazaqstan).
She is an author of several essays, stories and pictures, which were published and exhibited in Qazaqstan and abroad (Russia, Germany, USA, Finland).
She wrote such books as: “Bestiaryi” (1999), “A book of poems and drawings” (2005), “A novel with blood and other stories” (2005), “Pinyata” (2015).
Lilia Klaus is a Laureate of the I and III prizes of the literary contest “Soros-Kazakhstan-Debut” (1996), winner of the Third Open Book Forum and Literary Festival of Central Asian countries (2014, the 3rd place).
She is a Member of the Writers’ Union of Qazaqstan.
2. Zira Nauryzbaeva is a culturologist, journalist, translator and screenwriter.
She graduated from Kazakh State University named after S.M.Kirov (at present Al-Farabi Kazakh National University), has a diploma of economist and PhD degree.
Between 2004 – 2006 she acted as an editor-in-chief in Kazakh cultural almanac “Ruch-Miras”.
She is an author of such books as: “The Eternal Sky of Qazaq people” (2013), “Tradition and Modernity” and "Four clouds" (2016).
Zira Nauryzbaeva wrote above 300 articles, published in republican mass media, devoted to cultural, religious, ideological and philosophical issues.
A book “Re-Start (Level Up +1)” written by Daniyar Sugralinov in LitRPG genre is on amazon.com
On the 10th of July this year a book “Re-Start (Level Up +1)” written by Daniyar Sugralinov in LitRPG genre is started to be sold on amazon.com. The book was published by the Russian publishing house "Eksmo" in autumn 2017 in Russian language and later on it was translated into English.
The main hero of the story is Philip Panfilov, he is 32 years old, lives in one of the post-Soviet countries, most likely, in one of the Russian cities. He is a freelancer, writes articles, texts for websites. He several times tried to find a permanent work, but he was fired in some workplaces and other places he left himself. He is married to a girl younger than him for four years. Since their marriage a lot time has passed and he does not develop, he spends all his time lying on the couch. He does not want to strive for anything.
A young couple lives in a rented apartment, everything is comfortable for the hero, but not for his wife. Al last she decided to leave him. On the day she left him, he receives a virtual interface of augmented reality, something like Google Glass, only without the glasses themselves and with much more detailed information. The hero begins to understand how the surrounding people treat him, understands the state of his health and so on. And these things encourage him for personal development. He becomes better, stronger, and at the end of the story he rescues the world.
Here is some feedback from the readers:
“Most LitRPG I've read has been full of selfish narsasitic punkish main characters. This book was a welcome relief in both setting and chacterisation. Buy it now!”.
“My new favorite series. This LitRPG takes me to places I love to go in the genre”.
“When I finally finished I realized my legs hurt, I was hungry and I needed the bathroom. These debuffs were mitigated by a 10% Happiness buff”.
“The book is amazing and exciting! I'm looking forward to reading the continuation of the story!!!”.
Such readers’ comments show that the book has a high potential. As it was mentioned by the writer during one of his interviews, at present moment negotiations to conclude a contract for the whole “Level up” trilogy with one the largest American company that specializes in audiobooks are being held. “It is a company that specializes in audiobooks because today the format of audiobooks is more popular than regular books” – says the author.
For the readers’ pleasure the translation of the second part is coming to an end and very soon anglophone readers will have an opportunity to read it. The author from his side finished writing the third part of the book. In addition to the above-mentioned Daniyar Sugralinov has already received proposals to make a film on the basis of the trilogy. Most of them are from Russian film makers.
On amazon.com in an electronic version the book’s price is USD 4.7 and in paperback version its price is USD 16. 99.
In one of his interviews for a question, why he has chosen LitRPG genre Daniyar Sugralinov answered as follows:
“In the current form, the genre is very young, it must be about five or six years old. It came up from South Korea or China. The essence of the genre is that the action takes place in virtual reality or in the game. In any case, in any LitRPG there are a lot of figures, indicators, characteristics of the heroes. How did this genre start? With the fact that on YouTube, many streamers began to spread the passage of games, and it turned out that it is very popular today.
I remember myself as a child, in my youth - one of us was playing a game, and the rest sat and watched, experienced, prompted. This interaction effect touches a lot of strings in the soul - first, the excitement, whether the boss will be able to pass or not, and if it was possible, what loot from it falls out, and secondly, empathy to the hero. There is one life left, and Mario still has not saved the princess! You have to write about what you know, but my first computer appeared when I was 12 years old, I am an old gamer. I even programmed some simple games myself. And when this genre appeared, I read what was published abroad, then I read the Russian-speaking authors, like Dmitry Rus or Vasily Makhanenko and I realized that this genre is mine”.
According to the author’s words, the idea to write such a novel in such a genre appeared when he visited gym. ”When you start exercising and establish a fitness routine, the digital progress of your achievements is going on. Today you lift the 50 kg barbell over your head, tomorrow it will be 60 kg. You see obvious progress. So, the idea that if any of our achievements, actions, words were estimated in numbers, it would probably somehow change the life of each of us ... Just imagine that you see a time totalizer that shows how much time you have left before death, you would definitely live differently. So, the idea broke out, I started writing…”- said the writer.
Daniyar Sugralinov was born in Aktobe (a town located in western Qazaqstan, bordering with Russia) on December, 2 in 1978. At the age of 5 he was taught reading and since then he never gives it up. His family and his grandparents’ family had big libraries and they always gave him as a present different kind of books. His favorite book since his childhood is “Dunno on the Moon”. It is a fairytale novel by Nikolay Nosov from the series about the adventures of Dunno with elements of science fiction.
After secondary school he entered the Saint Petersburg Academy of Engineering and Economics in 1995. He studied there business building and by the time visited a lot of libraries and meetings with science- fiction writers.
In 2005, Daniyar Sugralinov wrote several chapters of the story “Bricks” and sent to the editor of one of the popular internet resources. The editor liked the story, and he began to publish it in parts.
As a result, the book was read by about 3 million people, and the young author Daniyar Sugralinov unexpectedly became “The Best Prose writer of 2005”.
In 2014 he released an updated version of inspirational novella "Bricks 2.0", it was published in paper version in Russia, and at the expense of the publishing house. At present, the novel is filmed on “Qazaqfilm”.
About a book “I Don’t Want to Lose Hope” written by Nemat Kelimbetov
A book under a title “I Don’t Want to Lose Hope” is a very interesting piece of art, written by a Qazaq prominent writer, translator Nemat Kelimbetov.
It is an autobiographical novel, written by Nemat Kelimbetov during his dark times. His story begins with an appeal to his wife at the time of his own physical ailment - the hero is confined to a hospital bed. For many years after an unsuccessful surgery, the author struggled with his body, which refused to obey him - a strong man in the prime of life with strong public opinion due to his illness was left alone. His illness compelled him to forget about his bright career and future and made him worry about his family: two sons and a spouse. Of course, as a result he fell into a deep depression.
In the literary world, many works are devoted to overcoming, but not all of them describes it in so sincere and tender manner. The form of the monologue helps the author to share with the reader the most intimate, the most important moments in his life.
The heart of the remarkable, autobiographical novel, awarded the Franz Kafka Golden Medal for Literature in 2010 is not just a person's battle with death, but a lyrical, deeply emotional narrative about the unyielding will to live and love that overcome all difficulties of life.
While reading his book, you feel how his mind sharpened in the struggle with a severe physical illness, which he could manage to overcome, mobilizing his will to live. He was a courageous and goal-oriented man, able to win at the cost of incredible efforts thanks to his inexhaustible will to live.
His large-scale, often paradoxical idea and bright, clever word help people to find moral reference points, to find support in themselves, not to get lost under the onslaught of circumstances, to find the light in the dark times.
The book is for those who are desperate, do not see a way out because of their illness or other complicated circumstances in their life. After reading it, you will not "lose your hope" or it comes back to you again.
In opinion of James Willsher, a newspaper and magazine reporter from Unitied Kingdom the book is about forgiveness, patience, wisdom, love and virtue, all those feelings which a person feels in his final hours. It is a story, where every word is weighed and balanced. The book might be a bestseller in America with sales in the millions, and a film in production.
A novel “I Don’t Want to Lose Hope” was translated into more than twenty languages and spread all over the world. Furthermore, this year Nemat Kelimbetov’s book was chosen as a book to be read by everyone within a framework of folk literature campaign “One country, one book”. This campaign is carried out throughout the territory of Qazaqstan every year starting from 2006.
Almost forty years of his life Nemat Kelimbetov spent first motionless in bed, then in a wheelchair. But he never complained about his fate, did not lose hope, remained an optimist. Moreover, thanks to his enormous efforts he has made great achievements in terms of science and literature.
The literary heritage of Nemat Kelimbetov includes many translations from Russian language into Qazaq language. Among them: "Our lovely Shushikent" of Armenian writer Leonid Gurunts, novels of Uzbek writers: "The Starlit Nights" of Primkul Kadyrov and "The Horizon" of Saiyed Akhmad, "The Lightning" of the Ukrainian writer Vasyl Kozachenko.
Nemat Kelimbetov is famous for his fundamental works on Turkic studies. He is an author of such books as: "Ancient Turkic poetry and continuity of traditions in Qazaq literature", "Origins of Qazaq Literature", "Continuity of Art Traditions", "Literature of the Ancient World" and others. He wrote a number of textbooks and manuals for students of higher educational institutions on the Ancient period of Qazaq literature.
He has an academic degree of a Doctor of Philology, Professor. He is an Academician of the Academy of Humanitarian Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Nemat Kelimbetov was given the most prestigious Republican Award “Kultegin” for his input in advanced historical researches.
Nemat Kelimbetov was born on April 4, 1937. In 1959 he graduated from the Financial and Economic Institute in Tashkent and in 1966 he completed the Kazakh State University named after S.M.Kirov (currently Al-Farabi Kazakh National University).
Between 1959-1961 he acted as a reserach fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of Qazaqstan and as a literary expert at a republican newspaper “Socialistyk Qazaqstan” (at present “Egemen Qazaqstan”).
In the period between 1970-1973 he executed functions of the Executive Secretary of the Commission for awarding of the State prizes of the KazSSR in the field of literature, art and architecture.
Between 1976-1981 he was an editor of the Publishing House “Qazaqstan”.
During 1981-1997 Nemat Kelimbetov worked as a teacher, assistant-professor, professor at the chair of Kazakh literature of Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University.
In the period between 1995-1996 he was a Professor of the Almaty Institute of International Journalism.
Starting from 1997 up to 2002 he acted as a Professor at the Chair of the Qazaq language at K.Satpayev Qazaq National Technical University.
It has been 93 years since the Union of Writers of Qazaqstan was established.
It has been 93 years since the Union of Writers of Qazaqstan was established. It happened in 1925. Pioneers of the Union of Writers of Qazaqstan were public figures, politicians and such writers as Saken Seifullin, Beyimbet Mailin. Firstly, in 1925, the Association of Proletarian Writers of Qazaqstan was formed in the country. It united young talents and supporting them people. Later on, in 1934, the organization was transformed into the Union of Soviet Writers of Qazaqstan.
The organization consisted from creative circles on prose, poetry, drama, literary translation, essay, satire, fiction, children's literature, Russian, German, Korean, Uyghur literature. If in 1925 the Writers' Union of Qazaqstan consisted of only 10 members, at present time it consists of more than 900 people. There are branches in 11 regions of Qazaqstan and in Astana.