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Basmachi Page 31 by charcoalfeather Basmachi Page 31 by charcoalfeather

Those four years were the best time of Daniar’s life.

For the first time in his life, Daniar felt that his academic pursuits were recognized and appreciated. Unlike his parents and the Turkestani street vendors whom he had worked for, his peers and professors were just as enthusiastic about ethnological and political studies as he was.

After he graduated, he remained an integral part of the university, where he continued to do research on Turkic culture and on politics. In particular, he became intrigued by the entire concept of modernity as exemplified by the ideal of liberal democracy, and thus, sought to bridge Turkestan with this particular conception of modernity. This was the topic of research, ultimately, that eventually led him to the United States.

Because living with Daniar naturally meant always listening to his accounts of the past, as such, I grew to greatly value education, in much the same way as Daniar had. I studied a lot, preferring the company of books to that of my peers. I thought of all the possibilities, of how I could one day lead a new Turkestan, but I suppose”—and here Chinghiz laughed—“I would have never thought I would become a basmachi.”

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-The buildings behind Daniar are somewhat referenced from this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
-Daniar's pose is a reference to this famous Soviet poster: quizilla.teennick.com/user_ima…
-His books says "Manas" (Манас)--Manas is the Kyrgyz national epic, one of Daniar's obsessions/focus of studies.
-Sky somewhat inspired by this: fav.me/d6svrqa by :iconkoko-stock:
-Location and year: Moscow, Tsarist Russia, 1890-94 (ages 20-24).

The series:
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See whole series here: charcoalfeather.deviantart.com…

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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Well, it has been--but then he died. I mean, Daniar did become rich and sort of famous because of his research and later went to America with his research team because of that. But then he went to Turkestan in order to liberate Turkestan from the Soviets and then died (thus, you can say the second part of his dream wasn't fulfilled). 

It's supposed to be sort of ambiguous, because I wanted the sky to symbolize a kind of forboding as well. Daniar has achieved his university goal, but then, the sky suggests the future will not be as bright as it seems...sunset would symbolize the end of his career (eventually) and sunrise would be the start of something new, again. 
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
waaa..ur sunset n sunrise interpretation is deep Sweating a little... 
n i see that chinghiz isnt gonna fulfill the daniar dream, no? otherwise he wont become a basmachi
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Chinghiz, as revealed later in the story, joined the basmachi because 1) at the beginning he wanted revenge. 2) he was paid well, since the basmachi work with the Brits to overthrow communism 3) he can't leave because they would kill him for being a suspected spy and betrayer of secrets 4) he wants and always has wanted to be better than Daniar. Daniar also wanted to be the hero of Turkestan, but he was killed by the Reds, so Chinghiz started to think he needed to be more radical in order to be better than Daniar and achieve Daniar's goals at the same time.
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
seems like chinghiz try to fulfill daniars dream in some ways n will chinghiz face the same fate like daniar? being killed? or maybe lead a more miserable life?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You will see (eventually). I'm actually almost done the series now (around page 54 or so). The ending's around page 70. 
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
not 100 pages?
geeees..im so lagged behind :( (Sad) im still at page 31 LOL 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mitya actually dies around page 45, haha. 

Nah, I don't have time. The last few pages are kind of condensed as a result. This week, I'm trying to get all of it finished.
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