Russian Literature: 1953-Present


Chingiz Torekulovich Aitmatov/Чингиз Торекулович Айтматов

Direct links to the reading: The White Ship

Chapter I 
Chapter II 
Chapters III and IV
Chapter V 
Chapter VI
Chapter VII

Aitmatov's NYT Obituary

Article on Aitmatov's significance in Kyrgyzstan

Web articles on Aitmatov's works by Iraj Bashiri

The White Ship in Russian: Белый пароход

Other Aitmatov works in Russian

Reading Guide:

I have heard people express surprise that this novella was published in the USSR in the 1970s.  What is surprising about its publication?  What would make it acceptable to a Soviet censor?

How are the traditions of the Kyrgyz people portrayed in the novella?

How are the concerns of the Kyrgyz nation portrayed in this novella?

How do the myths contained in the novella elaborate on some of the ideas from the primary story line?