ECG 2019

Kanybek Imanaliev
The Kaganate

Overall, The Kaganate is a remarkably skilful and fabulously imaginative prose poetry collection, which explores the overwhelming need for young men to be destructive, the overtly pagan sensibilities of the authors native Kyrgyzstan, along with those disciplines required by adolescent boys to channel instinctive animosities away from their parents into the rigours necessary to become worthy young warriors in such a way that his volume proves virtually obsessive. After all, each one of these observations evokes a subtle type of “second puberty” occurring between older men assaying values above mere materialism, sexuality, and having children – in order to focus on shared spiritual concerns. And all betwixt enchanted landscapes found at the very top of our world. As such, The Kaganate is a truly a wonderful and challenging text for anyone interested in Central Asian verse.  

Vladimir Tulinov
“The Guardsmen of Hippocrates”

No people suffered more during the Second World War than the people of the Soviet Union and the soldiers of the Red Army. Tens of millions perished and further millions were wounded – horrific numbers, which would have been even higher if it weren’t for the efforts of the army of doctors, nurses, and medics who treated the wounded and the suffering. Vladimir Tulinov’s The Guardsmen of Hippocrates brings the reader up close to the men and women who fought to save the lives of those struggling to resist the Nazi invasion. Tulinov’s collection of stories allows the reader to creep out into No Man’s Land under fire to treat the wounded along with Tatyana and Sergey, to experience the tension of a last-minute hospital train evacuation in the midst of the fog of war, and to feel the tension and exhaustion of Antonina and the rest of the field hospital medical staff as wounded men pour in from nearby front lines. The Guardsmen of Hippocrates is a chance to gain an appreciation for the Soviet wartime experience, through the lens of the oft-neglected but dedicated and unsung medical services.

Alfred Engalychev
“I day mne Bog” (Russian Edition)

This collection is intended to familiarize the Russian-speaking reading public, including immigrants from the former Soviet Union, with more than a decade of poetic work by an amateur poet. In this connection, along with new poems, the collection includes well-known works previously published in various publications.

The opportunity to expand the audience was provided by the active popularization of the Eurasian Creative Guild (ECG), uniting people from different countries according to their creative interests.

Yevgeniya Sikhimbayeva
“Keanu Reeves. Unfinished portrait. Part I”

The protagonist of the book is the actor, director and producer Keanu Reeves. His real social biography and success story serves as the basis for describing his spiritual path. The plot develops along two parallel lines. The first is an external well-known biography and filmography, the second is the realization of his spiritual fate. The emphasis is precisely on this second half of the biography, as the story of a completely free person living his own spiritual life, without regard to generally accepted stereotypes and patterns.

Oksana Gordiyko
“Sof’iny Nebesa, Ili Volshebniy Dar Gnomov”

A young Ukrainian family with their eleven-year-old daughter Sofiyka, after the events of Maidan, moves to Polish Wroclaw and settles in an unusual, mysterious apartment in an old house with antique things. It is in this apartment that magic colors are hidden, for which the forces of Good and Evil have been hunting for centuries, but only Wroclaw gnomes have access to them. They went half the world to find the girl who was born for a great mission. However, dreaming of gaining power over the world and people, the evil sorcerer, the owner of an antique shop with magical things, the house manager Pan Gatsik wants to get magic colors. In a city of fabulous beauty, on the eve of Christmas, Sofiyka falls into the cycle of mystical adventures. The writer Oksana Gordiyko invites readers to experience them together with the heroes of the book.

Ludmila Dubcovetcaia
“Rhymes about Boys”

A prize-winning poem by Moldovan author, Ludmila Dubcovetcaia, Rhymes about Boys is a vibrant tour de force. Joyful and witty in equal measure, this engaging and fast-paced book is bound to captivate children. Can you find your name in there?

Gulsifat Shahidi
“True Paradise – Lost Paradise”

The latest book by the Tajik author, Gulsifat Shahidi brings together a selection of articles, reviews and interviews. From reminiscences about her youth during Soviet times to meditations on the nature of nostalgia and what constitutes a true homeland, Shahidi’s thought-provoking articles are filled with a bright sadness, fused at once with both joy and an aching sense of melancholy. In her reviews, the author’s boundless enthusiasm leaps from the pages, whilst her interviews with important figures from contemporary Tajik history are characterised by an open dialogue which speaks to her mastery of the art of journalism.

The recipient of awards for her work in promoting peace and conflict resolution, Gulsifat Shahidi’s novel, The City Where Dreams Come True won first prize at the Open Eurasia International Literary Festival in 2015. The prolific author of over forty titles in her native Tajik and Russian, this collection represents Shahidi’s sixth book to be translated into English.

Arina Chunaeva
“Leia the Little Mouse”

Follows a small, determined mouse called Leia who loves to draw and paint more than anything else in the world. However, the mayor of her hometown of Yoshlish, the oppressive Mews Mursus is determined to stifle the passions and aspirations of its citizens. In this society, people are only allowed to pursue a career dictated by their family business, which is passed down through the generations. Another horrible and restrictive custom is that young people are forced to marry via a lottery. Thus, Leia finds herself promised to an old sewage worker, doomed to a loveless marriage and unable to fulfil her creative passion. 

Fortuitously, Leia meets Neil, a young mouse like herself who works as a trader with his dad. Neil’s family is the only one in the city permitted to travel across the sea to Siena, an incredible haven of opportunity where people are free to choose their own destiny. Planning to escape to Siena and become an inventor, Neil encourages Leia to leave Yoshlish with him. After their plan to escape via boat fails, they find themselves on the run from the city police and flee into the nearby dark forest. There they meet Giuseppe, a grouchy, sarcastic chameleon who aspires to be a filmmaker. The travellers cross many lands: the musically inept city of the bats, the gluttonous metropolis of the hamsters and the danger-ridden town of the cats before finally reaching Siena. In spite of reaching their goal, however, life proves not to be as easy as they had thought it would be… 

NIT-III: Eurasian Literary collection “Thread”(Russian Edition)

This edition is the third book in the series of Eurasian literary collections “Thread”. Since 2018, the collection includes works by more than fifty authors from eleven countries.

n this book, authors from Belarus, Great Britain, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine share with the reader their feelings and memories, perceptions of reality, and fairy tales.