Thirteen Steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus.

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Thirteen Steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus.

On the 20th of June 2013 Hertfordshire Press with the internationally acclaimedAuthor and National Writer of Kyrgyzstan Kazat Akmatov invited the public to the official book lunch of Akmatov’s latest book, Thirteen Steps Towards The Fate Of Erika Klaus. This intriguing book is based on a real events in Kyrgyzstan and the story also reflects the author’s own struggle with local authorities.

Akmatov is a brilliant storyteller and for the people present during the book lunch we were lucky enough to witness this first hand during his speech. Akmatov captured the audience and managed to transform the room with his great charm and intelligence. Akmatov transported the room back in time to his fascinating childhood and upbringing, which was dominated by drama, tragic and loss.

This lovely reception was held at the Yunus Emre Turkish Culture Centre in London, where director Mevlut Serhan and his staff made sure the audience had a very lovely evening. Several prominent individuals such as Mr Aibek Tilebaliev, Hamid Ismailov, Guinara Kasmambetova, Bela Kudabergenova, Kocki Okada, Shahsanem Murray, Svetlana Rakhimova, Ozden Ediz, Lucy Popescu, Dr. Rahima Abduvalieva and Jones Elizabeth attended this multicultural event.

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After the presentation of the book and Akmatov’s gripping speech, Laura Hamilton the editor of the book gave the audience a little insight of the book by reading a passage of the book. Afterwards, Hamilton made it clear to me how beautiful the book is and how much she enjoyed been part of the editing process. Central Asian expert, Robert Chenciner like me was one of the many people who were impressed by the event and especially Kazat Akmatov. One of the many highlights of the evening was the beautiful traditional dance performance by dancers from Orzu Arts Theatre.

This successful event is just one of many events that Hertfordshire Press and the Open Central Asia Magazine (OCA) organises in order to bring Central Asia and the UK closer together.

By Tijani A. Fulani

Book available for sale @ Amazon.co.uk and Discovery Bookshop

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