(From the publisher):
In the high Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, the nomadic Tuvan people's ancient way of life collides with the pervasive influence of modernity as seen through the eyes of a young shepherd boy.
The confrontation comes in stages. First his older siblings leave the family yurt to attend a distant boarding school. Then the boy's grandmother dies, and with her the boy's connection to the tribes. But the greatest tragedy strikes when his dog, Arsylangó"all that was left to me"ódies after ingesting poison set out by the boy's father to protect his herd from wolves. "Why is it so?" he cries out in despair to the Heavenly Blue Sky, but he is answered only by the silence of the wind.
Rooted in the oral traditions of the Tuvan people and their epics, Galsan Tschinag weaves the timeless story of a boy poised on the cusp of manhood, and with it the tale of a people on the threshold of a vanishing way of life.
Original title: Der blaue Himmel
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)