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  • SubGenre:Bilingual Education
  • Language:English
  • Pages:64
  • eBook ISBN:9780992618612

Short Stories

Dedicated to Writer's 85th Anniversary

by Chingiz Aitmatov

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This collection of three Aitmatov short stories is dedicated to his 85th Anniversary on the 12/12/13
This collection of three Aitmatov short stories basically was dedicated to James Riordan, the British academic and the best translator of Aitmatov into English. It contains his translation of the 1960 short story 'Camel Eye' as well as Rahima Abduvalieva's translations of 'The Boy Soldier' and 'The Monkey Girl and the Satchel'. The latter was originally written in German as a fairy tale for Aitmatov's children.
About the author
Chingiz Aitmatov Chingiz Aitmatov was a bilingual writer (Kyrgyz & Russian) from Kyrgyzstan. He was an intellectual as well as an adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev. After the collapse of the Soviet Union he helped to strengthen the newly-independent Kyrgyzstan in his role as Kyrgyz Ambassador to Brussels. Aitmatov was born on December 12th, 1928 in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. He lost his father at the age of ten, a victim of Stalin’s purges. His father was executed as an “enemy of the people” in 1938. As the eldest son of the family, Aitmatov took over the responsibility of helping his mother to bring up his younger brother and two sisters. During World War II, Aitmatov was a hard-working teenager helping his family to get by in the small village of Sheker. He graduated as a veterinary surgeon, studying first in Dshambul and later at the Agricultural High School in Frunze (now Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan). Aitmatov published his first short story in 1952. After working as a vet for four years he decided to become a writer. He applied for special training and from 1956-58 he studied at the High School for Literature in Moscow. He published his first story Face to face in the Kyrgyz language in 1957. His second story 'Jamilia' was translated into French by Louis Aragon in the same year and brought him worldwide fame. He went on to become a celebrated author, thanks to his hard work and great talent. His works have been translated into more than one hundred and fifty languages worldwide.