Kuraj

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9780747565345: Kuraj

Kuraj is the powerful and moving story of a young woman's search for her true identity. Born in the late 1930s in the Russian steppe, Naja is the daughter of a clan chieftain of the Tushan nomads, who can trace his ancestry back to Genghis Khan. Fiercely independent, U'lan determines to oppose Stalin's plan to force the Tushan to settle permanently in collective farms by joining the invading German army. At the heart of this extraordinary novel lies the pledge of honour made by Naja's father, U'lan, to the German officer Gunther Berger, with whom he fights for his people's freedom. It is a pledge that will take U'lan and Gunther to the hell of Stalingrad and change Naja's life for ever by bringing her, at the age of nine to ruined postwar Cologne. As the novel opens the only Tushan word Naja can remember is 'Kuraj' (tumbleweed), a talisman for the whole nomadic way of life and the route into the past, but also the route to a future in which she will control her own destiny.

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Silvia di Natale was born in Genoa in 1951 and has lived in Germany since 1973, where she lives with her husband and son, and teaches and works as an ethno-sociologist. Kuraj is her first novel.

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Based on a true story, Di Natale's expansive debut chronicles the journey of Naja, a Mongol girl taken from the Central Asian steppes to Cologne, Germany, during WWII. This absorbing if not entirely coherent novel encompasses the far-flung war story that precedes the young heroine's relocation, the details of her alienation in Europe and the cultural history of her nomadic people. When her birth father, Ul'an, a Tunshan khan, joins the Germans in protest of Stalin's collectivization, he meets Lt. Günther Berger, with whom he lays siege to Stalingrad as part of the Turkestan battalion. After the Russians capture and imprison the two men, they escape and return to the steppes, only for Ul'an to die. At Ul'an's behest, Günther adopts the 10-year-old Naja, and with his wife, Siglinde, raises her in his bourgeois German postwar household. As the novel—titled after Naja's native word for tumbleweed—shifts points of view, time and place, it follows her to middle age, when she comes to familial terms with her adoptive parents and her past. The plot line is original and the writing lyrical, but the number of shifts involved in Naja's journey back to her own identity will leave less diligent readers behind. (Jan.)
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Descripción Bloomsbury, Great Britain, 2005. Trade Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. 433 pages. Multiple copies of this title available. Kuraj is the powerful and moving story of a young woman's search for her true identity. Born in the late 1930s in the Russian steppe, Naja is the daughter of a clan chieftain of the Tushan nomads, who can trace his ancestry back to Genghis Khan. Fiercely independent, U'lan determines to oppose Stalin's plan to force the Tushan to settle permanently in collective farms by joining the invading German army. At the heart of this extraordinary novel lies the pledge of honour made by Naja's father, U'lan, to the German officer Gunther Berger, with whom he fights for his people's freedom. It is a pledge that will take U'lan and Gunther to the hell of Stalingrad and change Naja's life for ever by bringing her, at the age of nine to ruined postwar Cologne. As the novel opens the only Tushan word Naja can remember is 'Kuraj' (tumbleweed), a talisman for the whole nomadic way of life and the route into the past, but also the route to a future in which she will control her own destiny. Quantity Available: 5. Category: Fiction; Romance & Women's Fiction; ISBN: 0747565341. ISBN/EAN: 9780747565345. Inventory No: 09090004. This item is in stock in our Australian warehouse. We are not dropshippers. Nº de ref. de la librería 09090004

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