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The Blue Sky

A Novel

by Galsan Tschinag

The Blue Sky
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2006, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 2007, 224 pages

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A pristine and concentrated tale of miraculous survival and anguish set in the mountains of Mongolia. Autobiographical Novel; 1st book in English

Galsan Tschinag's autobiographical story of a boy living on the Mongolian steppes (prairies) offers an evocative glimpse into a way of life in which the nomadic people live in harmony with their awesome (in the literal sense) surroundings, worshiping the sky as sacred. It is a record of a time that was already vanishing in Tschinag's childhood but, thanks in part to Tschinag and others, is now being not just preserved but lived once again.

The Blue Sky
is set in the 1950s, when the Tuvan's traditional nomadic ways were under threat from the Communist government who, intent on producing a homogeneous and equal Soviet people, introduced endless new rules that made it ever harder to continue to live in the traditional ways especially when the system rewarded the lazy over the industrious.

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"During my lifetime, I have lived in an indigenous, feudal, and communist society. Today, I move about the country on horseback, by car, or by plane. With my shaman's whisk, a truncheon, or a laptop, I alternate between living in the indigenous culture of the post-Socialist Tuvans, the rising Capitalism of Mongolia, and the enlightened state monopoly of Western Europe. My life has been rich because I have always found myself at the focal point of each epoch and have pursued all my tasks and each of my professions with passion."
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