The Gray Earth by Galsan Tschinag
A Novel

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This powerful, sweeping novel continues the saga of Dshurukawaa, the Tuvan shepherd boy introduced in The Blue Sky. Torn between the onset of visions and pressure from his family to attend a state boarding school, the adolescent attempts to mediate the pull of spirituality and pragmatism, old ways and new. Taken from his ancestral home, he reunites with his siblings at a boarding school, where his brother also serves as principal. Soon he comes to understand that the main purpose of the school is to strip the Tuvans of their language and traditions, and to make them conform to party ideals. When tragedy strikes, Dshurukawaa begins to sense the larger import of his visions, and with it a possible escape. Tschinag's lyrical language, his striking characterizations, and his evocation of a singular way of life make The Gray Earth an unforgettable read and a worthy follow-up to The Blue Sky.

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Galsan Tschinag is a major voice in world literature. Called Irgit Schynykbaj-oglu Dshurukuwaa in his native Tuvan, he was born in the early forties in Mongolia. He studied at the University of Leipzig where he adopted German as his written language. He is the only member of the Tuvan tribe to use written language to tell stories, and thus to publish. His novel, The Blue Sky, was the first of his books to be available in English, though he is the author of more than thirty books which have been translated into French, Spanish, and Polish. As the chief of Tuvans in Mongolia, Tschinag led his people, scattered under Communist rule, back in a huge caravan to their original home in the high Altai Mountains. He currently lives alternately in the Altai, Ulaanbaatar, and Europe.Katharina Rout teaches English and Comparative Literature at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Her translations from the German have been acclaimed widely.
Published July 1, 2010 by Milkweed Editions. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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