Song of the Swans

This is a timeless play that transcends culture, language and religion. A young boy and his grandfather sit together admiring the scenery and pondering life and love, good and evil. The story that evolves is a fairytale designed to answer the question, “where have all the swans gone and why did they leave?” The fairytale is based around two young …

The Transit Passenger by Dulat lssabekov

  Translated by Robin Thomson The Transit Passenger is a sophisticatedly simple play.  Issabekov has managed to create a play that unfolds around the two main characters, Zeуnep and Aytore in an unlikely intense and short-lived friendship. Zeynep is a mother who is waiting at home for visit from her son, Ertay who instead gets a very unexpected visit from …

We Never Knew the War by Dulat Issabekov

Translated by Catherine Judelson, Published by the Aitmatov Academy, London, 2015 War-time often creates wealth of fantastically heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of the human experience. Many are told through the eyes of the soldier, the warrior the mother and the wife but few are told primarily through the eyes of a child. Issabekov manages to paint a painfully beautiful portrait …

“We Never Knew the War” by Dulat Issabekov

A review by Semra Eren-Nijhar* There are some books when you read them which you like, some books when you read them which make you think and some books when you read the which leave you exhausted, touched and continue to occupy your only mind at all times not only at the time of reading but even after you’ve finished …

A MAN FROM THE OTHER WORLD

 That was what literary critics and his contemporaries called Dulat Issabekov, when he became a well-known writer of Kazakhstan. When he had been just over a year old, Dulat had fallen seriously ill and …died…or so they thought. The child’s body had been put out into a cold corridor prior to its burial the following day. Everything was ready for …