Mythic cycles in Chingiz Aitmatov's "Spotted dog running along the seashore"

  • Ten years after writing "Spotted dog running along the seashore" ("Пегий пес, бегущий краем моря") Chingiz Aitmatov said that this novella was his favorite. Perhaps this is because it represents the essence of Aitmatov's artistic world view. The term "essence" is appropriate here because the setting and the characters of the novella are totally removed from the modem world and from history itself. Unburdened by the need to relate his artistic goals and philosophical interests to any specific socio-political context - a requirement made all the more problematic for an author writing within the Soviet literary system - Aitmatov was free to develop his favorite themes in a kind of "tabula rasa" medium. Thus, it was with absolute directness that the author could face questions dominating much of his fiction: the moral soundness of age-old values, the need for continuity in social development, the necessity of humanity's hannonious coexistence with nature, and the positive ethical value of myth.

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Author:Vladimir Tumanov
Parent Title (English):Canadian Slavonic papers
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
Place of publication:Ottawa
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2014
Year of first Publication:1996
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/12/30
GND Keyword:Ajtmatov, Čingiz; Mystik <Motiv>
Page Number:20
First Page:135
Last Page:154
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 89 Andere Literaturen / 891 Ostindoeuropäische, keltische Literaturen
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL-Klassifikation:03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft / BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik / BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.01 Studien
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht