Read “The Lost Satellite – A Journey Into Central Asia”

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Speaking of Asian countries, most people in Southeast Asia can tell the story, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and its big cities; in West Asia, because of oil and war, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Qatar are also often seen. in our field of vision.

In Central Asia, except for Afghanistan, many people only know that several countries in that area have “Stan” in their names. It can be said that they know very little. It is indeed like a “lost satellite” that no one pays attention to.

The book “The Lost Satellite – A Journey Into Central Asia” by the journalist-turned-author Liu Zichao became a hit in the reading market as soon as it came out. It has won some book awards and was recommended by many cultural celebrities. I also accidentally saw it. Find this information.

My own knowledge of Central Asia is limited to the names of some cities where the national football team needs to play when I watch the national football game, such as Almaty, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan mentioned in this book. Markhan, Bukhara, Kokand, Fergana, Tashkent, Khujand, etc. Many times the names of these cities do not match those of the “xxxstan” countries.

It is a pity that after reading it, I only have some understanding of the customs and customs of these cities, and the country and the city still cannot be completely matched.

The main part of this book is divided into several chapters in order of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan according to the country. The author wrote what he saw and heard in these countries from the perspective of a tourist and followed the tourist route. Got some emotions.

In the past few decades, countries in this region have not been able to develop as fast as China (especially behind the East Asian countries of China, Japan, South Korea), and the author’s words sometimes show a “sense of superiority”, and then show a “sadness”. “This area also has a splendid past in history. Even in the Soviet era, it has accumulated a lot of heritage, and now it seems to have been “forgotten”.

This is the most common tone in travel literature books.

Writing this, I suddenly remembered the scenes of Yu Qiuyu’s “Cultural Journey” and “A Sigh in a Thousand Years” when he was in high school.

More than ten years ago, when I was less than 20 years old, I often closed my book in the sunset and looked forward to the future. After graduating from university, I would also go to see the historical cities and cultural sites mentioned in the book. Unfortunately, when I walked out of the university campus, I became a Chao Jiu. The “workers” in the evening, not to mention the European and American monuments in “A Sigh in a Thousand Years”, and even the famous historical cities in China in “Cultural Brigade” have not been to many. Thinking of this, I suddenly felt a little sadness in my heart. This feeling has not been seen for a long time, it seems to be nostalgic for the passing time.

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