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Chingiz Aitmatov

Chingiz Aitmatov (1928-2008) is widely viewed as the greatest literary figure of modern Kyrgyzstan. An author who wrote both in Russian and his native Kyrgyz, Aitmatov became best known for his novel Jamila (1958), though later novels such as The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years  (1980) and The Scaffold  (1988) also garnered wide acclaim. As well as being a significant writer in any language, Aitmatov enjoyed a political career as his country's ambassador to the European Union, NATO and UNESCO.


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Ode to the Grand Spirit
A Dialogue

I.B. Tauris
“There is life hidden within stones. Only we human beings can give meaning to all things in the cosmos through thought and words." With these haunting and...
Chingiz Aitmatov

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