THE CONFRONTATION

The final fight between Erezhep and Elemes took place on August 7, 1986. It was only at a casual glance that it appeared to have erupted suddenly. In actual fact the fight could – with good reason – have started at any moment of the day or night over several years. It was just that the circumstances had not been …

BONAPARTE’S WEDDING

When it comes to giving children names, nobody can outdo the Kazakhs in their ‘audacity’. It is as if they owned names from all corners of the globe, because once a name has taken someone’s fancy, nobody worries his head about what or whom a name might relate to. Whatever name happens to occur to them, that’s the one they’ll …

SOCIALIST SKYSCRAPERS

No sooner had any resolution been passed in Moscow, than it was usually responded to straightaway in Alma-Ata. Ever since the establishment of Soviet power, decisions taken by the numerous congresses and plenary sessions – of which there were a great many – after flying over Russian villages and the territories of other Union Republics without lingering in the wide …