Thanks to the work of Russian or Kyrgyz translators and Iraj Bashiri’s efforts to put Chingiz Aitmatov’s writings on the Internet in English, I just finished reading the simple little story by Aitmatov titled “Piebald Dog Running Along the Shore.” I did not know what to expect judging by the title of it. The Piebald Dog was really a mountain which was used by the sailors to orient them to safely return to their homeland after hunting for seals. What a pleasant surprise this story was about a young boy who goes on his first fishing expedition with his wise old grandfather, his father and uncle. It has nice development and not such a surprising ending once the trip goes awry. You wonder how they will survive, it would seem the author knew something about hunger and starvation.
Farewell, Guylsary! and To Have and to Lose written by Chingiz Aitmatov can also be found on the Internet. Well, worth the read to find out more about Kyrgyz culture or other cultures such as in the story of Piebald Dog. Aitmatov died in Kyrgyzstan last year and had been earlier recognized with the Lenin Award for Literature or something by that title. I will include some worthy quotes taken from this short story from Piebald Dog in tomorrow’s blog.