The Dead Lake (Paperback)

Hamid Ismailov

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A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War. Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tests atomic weapons. As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour's daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake. The radio-active water changes Yerzhan. He will never grow into a man. While the girl he loves becomes a beautiful woman. 'Like a Grimm's Fairy tale, this story transforms an innermost fear into an outward reality. We witness a prepubescent boy's secret terror of not growing up into a man. We also wander in a beautiful, fierce landscape unlike any other we find in Western Literature. And by the end of Yerzhan's tale we are awe-struck by our human resilience in the face of catastrophic, man-made, follies.' Meike Ziervogel, Peirene Press


Product Details

  • Product code: AIZPA
  • ISBN: 9781908670144
  • Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.3cm
  • Pages: 128
  • Publish date: Thu Feb 27 00:00:00 GMT 2014
  • Book points: 11

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