The Revenge of the Foxes

Ak WelsaparRichard Govett

The Revenge of the Foxes
ISBN: 9781912894109
Formaat: 229mm x 152mm
Paperback, 122 pagina's
Publicatiedatum: 31st October 2018
Paperback: €19,99
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PDF: €9,95
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Categorie: Literature, Literatuur, Modern Literary Fiction, Moderne Literaire Fictie, Novels, Romans, Russian books, Russische boeken
Niveau: Turkmeense Literatuur, Turkmen Literature, Russian Literature, Russische Literatuur

Moscow, during the collapse of the Soviet system: In a hospital, young people awaiting heart operations and possible death, live just for today with mischief-making and even love affairs, under the stringent gaze of the old matron, Baba Nastya. Here one of the patients, a young Turkmen, meets a Greek Comsomol boy, a Russian Stalinist with a ‘robotic’ heart, and the lovely but tragic Mary. To whom does the future belong – to the soulless robots or the poetical souls?

"Examples of works by Central Asian writers in English are so rare, that one should gladly accept whatever publishers like Glagoslav are willing to put out." Peter Gordon, The Asian Review of Books

"I thought that the autumn leaves’ failing quest for survival was a metaphor for the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union, and so it is, but it is also about the way people will do whatever they can to stave off the possibility of death…" Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

"Ably translated for the benefit of an American readership from Russian into English by Richard Govett, "Revenge of the Foxes" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections." The Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review

Ak Welsapar

Ak Welsapar was born in 1956 in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He received his Master’s degree in Journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1979. In 1987, Ak Welsapar became a member of the Soviet Writers’ Association and received his second Master’s degree in Literary Theory from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in 1989.

In 1993, after spending a year under house arrest, he was excluded from the Writers’ Association following the publication of some investigative articles about colossal ecological problems in Central Asia, mostly caused by the overuse of pesticides needed for cotton production. The consequences of this were terrible and even resulted in the Aral Sea drying up.

The regime in Turkmenistan declared Ak Welsapar a “public enemy”, and the persecution that he faced began again, with redoubled force. There was a ban on publishing works written by him, whilst his published books were confiscated from bookstores and libraries, to be burnt. To avoid unjust imprisonment and the persecution of his family, Ak Welsapar eventually left Turkmenistan in 1993. He and his family have now been residents of Sweden since 1994, where he is a member of the Swedish Writers’ Association. He has also been an honorary member of the International PEN-Club since 1993. Ak Welsapar writes in Russian, Turkmen and Swedish.

Ak Welsapar has contributed articles to such journals and newspapers as Literaturnaya Gazeta, Druzhba Narodov, Soviet Culture, The Washington Post, and many others. He is the author of more than 20 books but he made his debut as the author of the poetry anthologies Which of Us will Dive Deepest? (1982) and The First Drop (1983). His novel The Melon Head (1984) was awarded a prize in a Turkmen national literature competition. In 2012, The Union of Writers of Russia awarded Ak Welsapar the Sergei Yesenin literary prize. He also received the Nikolai Gogol prize for his book of short stories from the Writers’ Union of Ukraine in 2014.

Most of his novels are banned in Turkmenistan, including, to name but a few: A Long Journey to Nearby (1988), This Darkness Is Brighter (1989), The Bent Sword Hanging on the Old Carpet (1990), Mulli Tahir (1992), The Cobra (2003), The Tale of Aypi (2012).

Ak Welsapar is still a proscribed writer in Turkmenistan and his name has been in the list of black-listed writers since 1990.


Omslag:  Paperback , 122 pagina's
ISBN: 9781912894109
Formaat: 229mm x 152mm

Omslag:  Boek met harde kaft , 122 pagina's
ISBN: 9781912894116
Formaat: 229mm x 152mm

Omslag:  PDF , 122 pagina's
ISBN: 9781912894123
Formaat: PDF

Omslag:  PDF , 122 pagina's
ISBN: 9781912894123
Formaat: PDF

Omslag:  Kindle , 122 pagina's
ISBN: 9781912894123
Formaat: Kindle

Imprint: Glagoslav

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