âLiterary artist, outstanding and originalâ
Having served over a long period of time â from 1929 to 1937 â Saryhanov works his way up from war correspondent to executive secretary of the editorial office of the military newspaper. Here, from items and reports, he passed on to articles and feature stories, which were followed by stories and novels.
From 1937 to 1941, the writer worked in the editorial offices of the republican newspapers and of a literary and art magazine. These years turned out to be the most fruitful in his life â he wrote a series of novels and his famous story âShukur-bakhshyâ. From ordinary journalist, he turned into a real writer, exacting and fastidious master, and literary artist.
When the war started, he went to the front. Fighting in the units of the 2nd Ukrainian front, the Turkmen writer participated in liberation of Ukraine and Moldavia from Hitlerite aggressors. The story âMotherâ dated December 15, 1943 was sent by him from the front. It is the last production of the writer. On May 4, 1944, Nurmurad Saryhanov fell in battle. Together with other soldiers, he was buried in the common grave in the Moldavian village Delakeu near Bender.
Translator and friend of the Turkmen writer Alexander Aborski remembers about him: âa modest, delicate personâ¦ it seems that he was slightly done out of his share in life, but never complains of life and demands nothing for himâ¦ At the same time, he possesses a reserve of huge intellectual energy, outstanding culture. He is the literary artist, outstanding and originalâ.
Nurmurad Saryhanov created stories about his time. They are full of worldly, exciting and it is necessary to know conditions of those years to appraise and understand their significance. Characters of his rural stories are ordinary people with their thoughts, concerns, uneasiness, feelings and experiences. Images created by the writer are quite bright that stay in memory for a long time. They excite us and make us empathize with them, for example, Komek and Ogulgerek from the story âThe Last Yurtaâ. The family moves to a new place they dreamed about. But, there are many recollections connected with the old yurta formerly presented by the mother of Ogulgerek; the family leaves its yurta weepingly.
Ogulgerek asks the old man to take their yurta to the settlement to set it next to a new house. Though Komek is geared up decidedly, even ready to âburn decrepit to ashesâ, his heart is heavy. The proverb says âoffending antiquity, one can lose everythingâ. âSayings, grandfathersâ customs â good, and it is a sin to forget themâ, - thinks Velmyrat aga â another character, the hero of the short story âBookâ. He gave an in-colt female camel, provider of the family for a manuscript of poems and goes home on foot three days. Firstly, we feel sad reading about illiterate man, who ruined his home, having purchased an expensive manuscript. Neither he nor others in the village can read it. But then, our attitude to the hero changes and at the end of the story, this old man, who desired to purchase the priceless manuscript, which content he knew by heart, appears very touching. The short story âBookâ filled with deep meaning opens whole epoch in the history of the Turkmen people, shows tender attitude of ordinary people to the cultural values of the ancestors.
The romantic story âShukur-bakhshyâ became widely popular and particularly favorite by the readers. In contrast to other productions of Saryhanov, actions in it take place in the ancient feudal period. The writer constructed the story from real happened events. The brave and courageous musician Shukur-bakhshy goes to a khan of an alien country to get his brother out of dungeon. He is unarmed, his only weapon â dutar. He makes not easy decision â to compete with the well-known court bakhshy, understanding that on the outcome of the duel depends return of his brother to the native village or his remaining as a prisoner of the khan. Scene of the contest of the two well-known musicians was described with wonderful expressiveness. One of them tries to achieve success for the sake of the brother and the other does his best for preservation of position of the court musician.
Film version of the story âShukur-bakhshyâ was made. The film shot to the story of this production by Bulat Mansurov got its screening in 1963 under the name âContestâ.
Time is the best connoisseur of any creativity. So, it is turned out that it is the story âShukur-bakhshyâ that gained wider popularity and won the love of readers.
Famous poet and wise man of the East Saadi considered that every human being has to devote one-third part of his life to creativity to leave âstamp of soulâ for his progeny. It is the story âShukur-bakhshyâ that became âstamp of soulâ of Turkmen writer Nurmurad Saryhanov.