In “Final Respects” Nurpeissov narrates in rich detail the life of Kazakh fishermen and the tragedy of the shrinking and dying Aral Sea. The plot surrounds two childhood friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the issues surrounding this awful catastrophe.
“Blood and Sweat” is a sweeping tale about the vanishing way of the life of Kazakhs in a small village. Within the pages of this novel the author seeks to reveal Kazakh culture to Western readers and unveil his people’s largely unknown history.
While speaking on his life and the desire to translate his books into English, Nurpeissov stated, “It has become clear to me that it is the greatest stupidity to close your mind to anything outside of what you have learnt in the one tiny spot where you were born.” He explained, “it is easy to carelessly brush off any one thing, even a self-evident fact. But it is only a temporary deception of the self. Our lives are all interconnected and we are all stewards of the same magical earth.”
Nurpeissov’s writing is distinguished by the amplitude of generalizations, vividness of genuine national characters and fineness of psychological analysis.