Chingiz Aïtmatov (1928-2008) is Kyrgystan’s best know literary figure. His fiction, prose and plays, written in both his native Kyrgyz and in Russian, have appeared in over one hundred languages. Aïtmatov was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lenin prize.
Jamilia’s husband is off fighting at the front. She spends her days hauling sacks of grain from the threshing floor to the train station in their small village, accompanied by Seit, her young brother-in-law, and Daniyar, a sullen […]