Nurmurat Sarykhanov

Sarykhanov, Nurmurat


Born 1906 in the village of Geok-Tepe, in what is now Bakharden Raion, Turkmen SSR; died at the front May 4, 1944, near the village of Delakeu, in what is now Novye Aneny Raion, Moldavian SSR. Soviet Turkmen writer. Participant in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45.

From 1929 to 1937, Sarykhanov was a journalist in the armed forces. His fiction deals primarily with Soviet life and the development of a new way of life among the Turkmen people: the short stories “The Son-in-law,” “The White House,” “The Last Kibitka,” “The Dream,” and “Love.” Respect for the culture of the past is the theme of the short story The Book (published separately in 1951) and the novella Shukur Bakhshi; the latter is written in the form of a dastan (a Middle Eastern epic genre). Sarykhanov made extensive use of the traditions of folk literature, skillfully adapting them to the stylistic conventions of the modern short story.


Gïrnak: Povestler ve khekayalar. Ashkhabad, 1967.
In Russian translation:
Posledniaia kibitka. [Foreword by S. Evgenov.] Moscow, 1961.
Povesti i rasskazy. Ashkhabad, 1967.


Kulieva, G. A. Nurmurat Sarykhanov—novellist. Ashkhabad, 1967.
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By-and-by a diver came down, and the mermaid said, `I'll give you a box of pearls if you can take it up, ' for she wanted to restore the poor things to life, and couldn't raise the heavy load herself.
For example, an uncle--who had sailed for India fifty years before, and never been heard of since--might yet return, and adopt her to be the comfort of his very extreme and decrepit age, and adorn her with pearls, diamonds, and Oriental shawls and turbans, and make her the ultimate heiress of his unreckonable riches.
Her Pearl -- for so had Hester called her; not as a name expressive of her aspect, which had nothing of the calm, white, unimpassioned lustre that would be indicated by the comparison.
I could not rouse the man; so I said we would take him to her, and see -- to the bride who was the fairest thing in the earth to him, once -- roses, pearls, and dew made flesh, for him; a wonder-work, the master-work of nature: with eyes like no other eyes, and voice like no other voice, and a freshness, and lithe young grace, and beauty, that belonged properly to the creatures of dreams -- as he thought -- and to no other.
Month after month I toil on, opening oyster after oyster, but seldom finding a pearl.
Elton, as elegant as lace and pearls could make her, he looked at in silence wanting only to observe enough for Isabella's informationbut Miss Fairfax was an old acquaintance and a quiet girl, and he could talk to her.
The ivory, the gold, and the pearls, all received their appointment, and the gentleman having named the last day on which his existence could be continued without the possession of the toothpick-case, drew on his gloves with leisurely care, and bestowing another glance on the Miss Dashwoods, but such a one as seemed rather to demand than express admiration, walked off with a happy air of real conceit and affected indifference.
No, I will not have the nurse," so magnificently that Mary could not help remembering how the young native Prince had looked with his diamonds and emeralds and pearls stuck all over him and the great rubies on the small dark hand he had waved to command his servants to approach with salaams and receive his orders.
Barkis had some general ideas about pearls, which never resolved themselves into anything definite.
Certainly, we couldn't find a prettier place; but it's a long way," I replied, looking up at the sky, all roses and pearls,--"a long way from the Morning Star to the Moon.
If, therefore, my dear friend, you have generosity enough to pardon the presumptuous attempt, to frame for myself a minstrel coronet, partly out of the pearls of pure antiquity, and partly from the Bristol stones and paste, with which I have endeavoured to imitate them, I am convinced your opinion of the difficulty of the task will reconcile you to the imperfect manner of its execution.
Here the gray walked in first, beckoning me to attend: I waited in the second room, and got ready my presents for the master and mistress of the house; they were two knives, three bracelets of false pearls, a small looking-glass, and a bead necklace.