This year marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Kazakh writer, playwright, winner of the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR Ilyas Esenberlin. The creator of the "Nomads" and "Altyn Orda" trilogies is the first author to write such a large-scale work of fiction about national history. In his work, as a historical novelist, I. Esenberlin for the first time gave a detailed artistic description of the life of the ancient nomadic people.
Esenberlin's childhood fell on a difficult period of famine in the Kazakh steppe in 1919-1930. At the age of nine, Ilyas was left an orphan and he was sent to an orphanage. Having known the sorrows of poverty and survival, Ilyas grew up as a person responsive to someone else's grief, to the troubles and sufferings of his people.
I. Esenberlin's historical trilogy "Nomads" is an epic work about the formation of the Kazakh khanate in the XV-XVI centuries. This work was the result of high writing skills and deep creative search of I. Esenberlin, who managed to convey unique details from the history and culture of the Kazakh people.
The author managed to describe in a conclusive way the features of this historical period, saving his peculiar poetic energy. The character of the heroes, a description of nature, giving elegance to the artistic design of the work, nevertheless conquer with its realism.
The novel Nomads was published as a trilogy in 1976. It was published 12 times in Russian with a circulation of 1.5 million copies, and 50 times in 30 languages with a total circulation of about 3 million copies. According to some media reports, Esenberlin is currently the only Kazakh writer whose works have been translated into Japanese. In 2005, based on the Nomads trilogy, a historical feature film of the same name was shot. In 2017, based on his novel "Enchanted sword" was made a film dedicated to the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh khanate.
Currently, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy holds an exclusive edition of the trilogy: in a special beautifully designed box of 9 books in three languages. In addition, other publications are stored in the book collection: the novel "Golden bird" about the life of a miner Sabyr – an ordinary worker who earned the title of Hero of Labor by honest work. The novel is based on the simple truth that all that glitters is not gold. Sabyr's love for Akbayan is described, and the purity of this relationship is an example of today's youth.
The novel "Fight" is devoted to the difficulties of the formation of the Kazakh intelligentsia. A large place is given to youth and the education of character and patriotic consciousness in the new generation. The novel "Scythian mirages. Golden horses wake up" narrates a deep story dating back to Scythian times. The Library collection contains publications with personal statements, letters, fragments of speeches by I. Esenberlin, as well as memoirs of the writer's contemporaries, his brother Raunak and son Kozykorpesh Esenberlin.
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