Whether we want to strike globalisation or not, it will be a part of our everyday life, embracing our future generations. We cannot escape from it anywhere. It would not be wise to say that we do not accept it. This is our future destiny. Every one of us should strive to develop technological advances in society and in our family, by learning about the achievements of science and technology while maintaining our traditions and customs. Being in the midst of globalisation, we need to be able to absorb the roots of the heart, to glorify our treasures, and to absorb the blood through our descendants. The younger generation will try to avoid the mistakes of the previous one and, if we endeavour to prosper our noble qualities, we will never perish as a nation.

If today Kazakhstan is a happy nation, its main support is in its independence! Kazakhs have their own homeland, the blue flag and the capital, Astana! There are the nationalities more than ten times bigger by population than we are, without their Fatherland. The most dangerous thing is that the flag falls, the language is lost, and ultimately the loss of independence. God bless you! For each of us, we must fight inwardly. Part of that is propagation of the value of the tribe. Praise the Father by praising the Mother. Preserving the nation by breeding offspring. The Kazakhs are no longer starved, but if their descendants are hungry and have no consciousness, globalisation will swallow it.

By writing “The tragedy of a bastard”, I reminisced about our national family values, by disclosing the unclean character of our youth, by correcting the errors, by keeping traditions of the ancestors, who preserved their blood. Moreover, dreams come true!

“A Master of Linking Different Views”
Review by Laura Hamilton

The Tragedy of a Bastard’ and ‘My own Strange Heart’ is a duology in which award-winning author Saule Doszhan explores aspects of the radical changes which have taken place in her native Kazakhstan in the post-Soviet era.

For centuries, Kazakhs have placed great importance on tradition and adhered to rules and values set down by their ancestors in a bygone age. Since gaining independence, the country has seen a resurgence of interest in principles and practices, which are often perceived, as oppressive by the current generation, leading to conflict within families and communities striving for a harmonious balance between the old and the new. In the first story, a naïve, middle-aged and highly educated woman gives birth to a child out of wedlock; an act regarded as both scandalous and selfish and which thirty years on, has a devastating effect on her long-stigmatized, illegitimate son. Saule Doszhan sensitively portrays all sides of the situation, from the perspectives of die-hard nationalists to young, forward-looking professionals and in so doing, provides a poignant insight into both everyday life and the heritage of her country.

Her second story, inspired by Kazakhstan’s first heart transplant in 2012, marks the stellar advances in medical care recently enjoyed by the country. Part fiction and part fact, it includes astonishing excerpts on the psychological impact of organ transplants and cites examples of recipients taking on the traits and characteristics of their donors.

This inevitably leads to debate concerning the ethics of transplants and whilst the medics and scientists are concerned only with the health of the donors’ organs, it clearly raises issues regarding ‘mixed blood’ and the importance which Kazakhs have historically placed on maintaining pure lineage through generations.

The significance of the ‘seven fathers’ lineage’ and the ‘steppe passport’ lies at the core of the first tale and by alluding to it again in the second, Doszhan deftly links the two to encourage the reader to contemplate how dynamically different views of the world can co-exist in the present day.

“The Greatness of Morals”
by Zhusipbek Qorgasbek

Literature has had a transitional period. At this stage, skillful authors may be reset. Instead, many new names are being replaced. It is not surprising that those who have been recognised achieve great success. They write worthy compositions for today’s readers’ demands. The reader is confident that he or she is experiencing those problems today. The reader also wants to see himself. For example, the “carrier assigned woman” can be found in every person’s life. We have experienced the “big house threat” as the nation, we are still passing through. “The Tragedy of a Bastard” is deeper than we imagine. It’s not a mistake to say that the “bridegroom with two husbands “ opens up some secrets. Saule Doszhan writes about these themes, connected with the past, with the social status of the past, the greatness of morals, and the humour that is underneath the foot. These are not memorable memorabilia of the country, and a raincoat bare plot is not set there, but also a full-fledged work of art, which is rich in various colors.

Saule Doszhan, a talented poet and a popular writer, was born on 2 September 1959 in Almaty Region, Kazakhstan. Her poems and articles started to be published in the regional newspaper in 1974. Her University background includes the Kazakh State University studying “Journalism” (1987) and then “Law” the Central Asian University (2006). Being a student, she entered the collection of young poets “Audience”, “Nine Keys”, and “Karlygash”. She gained a experience as a reporter-journalist, editor, senior officer in the following fields: “Socialist Kazakhstan (Egemen Kazakhstan)” newspaper; the Kazakh radio;”Kazakh language and literature” newspaper; the “Ulagat” magazine; Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Kazakhstan and the Union of Journalists as well as a member of Eurasian Creative Guild (UK) and the International Women Writing Guild (USA)