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Language as Art (no. 2)

Chris McNab | 4th March 2019

In my previous blog, I committed myself to describing what I think are the key ingredients in the ‘voice’ behind Kazakh poetry, as diverse as that body of work is. Having given my rationale, here are what I see as the core elements. 1) Nature – Poetical reflections on nature are global, but Kazakhstan’s vast […]

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Music that stirs your soul (no. 1)

Chris McNab | 3rd March 2019

I’m writing this blog entry some weeks after my recent, and extremely memorable, visit to Kazakhstan. In the intervening period, I have had the pleasure of editing nearly 90,000 words of Kazakh poetry, for the first time translated into polished English. At the time of writing this blog, this likely means that I have had […]

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Goodbyes

Chris McNab | 2nd February 2019

The last full day of our visit is here. On waking and dressing this morning, I note that my clothes seem just fractionally tighter than they were at the beginning of the week, a direct consequence of the nutritional hospitality of our hosts. Food here is both plentiful and excellent. Much like ascending the mountain […]

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Above the clouds

Chris McNab | 1st February 2019

Now I get it. For the last five years, the good people of Astana have been telling me: ‘You must go to see the mountains in Almaty.’ Well today, it finally happened, and the experience was nothing short of awe-inspiring. It took a car journey and four ski-lift rides to hoist ourselves up to our […]

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Musical souls

Chris McNab | 23rd January 2019

My soul has landed on the heart of a beauty. Just look at it. I am dragging my body back from the grave I am scouring the earth for my soul. – Maraltay Rayimbekuly Poet Maraltay Rayimbekuly, whom I spoke with today, is a gift for any interviewer. He is an extraordinary character. Energetic and […]

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