Parables from the Past: Prose Fiction of Chingiz Aitmatov - Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies (Paperback)Joseph P. Mozur (author)
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Chingiz Aitmatov was born in Kirghizstan in 1928 and published his first stories in the 1950s in both Russian and Kirghiz. He soon took his place as spokesman for the progressive wing of official Soviet Russian literature, striving for greater openness in Soviet letters and for a new approach toward diverse nationalities. Unlike many other writers, Aitmatov continued to flourish in the cultural tumult following the collapse of the communist state, being appointed to government posts by Gorbachev and becoming Soviet ambassador to Luxembourg in 1991.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 139 x 15 mm
"Recommended for comprehensive collections of contemporary Russian literature."
"Mozur's study serves as a well-organized introduction to Aitmatov's work . . . It expands the traditional image of a literature made by Russian-born writers only and clearly points out the direction in which in the post-Soviet world it seems to be going for in the last few years: the expansion of national and ethnic literatures free of ideological constraints."
--World Literature Today
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