Hertfordshire Press invites you to the book Launch “Thirteen Steps towards the Fate of Erika Klaus” by Kazat Akmatov ( Kyrgyzstan) on June 20th, 2013
|This novel is the most recent book by internationally acclaimed author and National Writer of Kyrgyzstan, to be translated into English.
Based on a real incident which occurred in his country some ten years ago, it also references Akmatov’s own conflict with USSR officials, who accusing him of producing anti- Russian and anti- Communist literature, censored much of his early work at the beginning of his career.
The story involves the harrowing experiences of a young and very naïve Norwegian woman who has come to Kyrgyzstan to teach English to schoolchildren in a remote mountain outpost. Governed by the megalomaniac Colonel Bronza, the community barely survives under a cruel and unjust neo-fascist regime. Immersed in the local culture, Erika is initially both enchanted and apprehensive but soon becomes disillusioned as day after day, she is forbidden to teach. Alongside Erika’s story, are the personal tragedies experienced by former soldier Sovietbek , Stalbek, the local policeman, the Principal of the school and a young man who has married a Kyrgyz refugee from Afghanistan . Each tries in vain, to challenge and change the corrupt political situation in which they are forced to live.
Financial regulatory reforms proposed by G20 are not sufficient to restore the stability of the global financial system. This was repeatedly stated by international experts. The world is in search of a new interactive platform that would combine the bestminds to develop scenarios for the world economy development. In recent years,developing countries have intensified in this matter.
Interactive platform G-Global,
Virtual Forum, proposed by Kazakhstan, is the second step of the country towards a global dialogue. As the first site it can be mentioned the Astana Economic Forum (AEF), which on May 22-24 th, 2013 plans to gather the world’s leading economists in the young capital of the state, geographically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Continue reading
The EU National Institutes of Culture grouping, which includes the British Council, is holding a European Film Festival in Almaty from 12 to 19 May 2013. You will start to see adverts for this around the city in the coming days.
The Festival will take place at the Caesar Cinema at 50 Furmanova (near Gogolya), with daily showings of films from a number of European countries, in their original language. The films will be subtitled in Russian. The full list of films being shown is below. Continue reading