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Ein Tag länger als ein Leben.

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,551 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Text: English, Russian (translation)
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Unionsverlag (first published 1980)
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Karl Schmiedeskamp
Oct 13, 2010 Karl Schmiedeskamp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karl by: Turkoman Hospital Administrator
This is easily in the top ten of best books I have ever read. Aitmatov is an over looked genius. While the translation I read is less than the best, there are passages so lyrical they could easily pass for poetry.

I attempted to give a review of the book to my Toastmasters Club and discovered that it is simply too complex and filled with layers of meaning to cover in a 7 minute speech. I cannot do it justice here. I will just note that anyone interested in any of the following will like this book
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
A fervent tale that reveals just how real, how surreal, how drastic, the gap is between modern and traditional lifestyles. The prose, the imagery, and the outcome of this story transport me to a discarded, burnt out, rusting hull of a train, plane, or submarine at the banks of a receding sea, invisible radiation raining down, the last pick of cotton long gone from an abused land. How far is it then to find beauty in a simple hut or the explosion of fresh yogurt on your tongue?

Naeem
In the semester of 9/11, I was teaching International Conflict. It was one of the best set of students I ever had. One of them, Kydr from Kyrgyzstan -- whom I met again one day inside the Blue Masjid in Istanbul -- gave me this book to read. He said it was one of the best books by a world class writer. I had my doubts.

But then I read it. And wow! In part its a homage to to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But mostly it is about the encounter between the traditional cultures conquered first by Russia and
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This is exactly the sort of book I was hoping to find when I started my world fiction challenge: a truly excellent and accessible novel that deserves to be much more widely read. Fiction in translation covers a wide spectrum, sometimes feeling very foreign and bizarre, but there’s something wonderful and life-affirming about finding a book like this, that’s perfectly relatable and understandable despite (for most English-speaking readers) an enormous cultural gap.

The book is about an old man nam
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Conny
Still one of my favorite books. The English title is "The Day lasts longer than a Hundred Years" (I think). Written during the Breshnev-years, during the Cold War, the novel interweaves several stories and discusses various problems of the day.
Beings from another galaxy contact astronauts at the space station because they need help. But since the world was split into two political systems, fighting over world power, the astronauts were prohibited to help them.
The death of a villager in Kyrgyzs
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Serkan
Kütüphanemin tozlu raflarında bulduğum bir kitapdı. Öğrendiğim kadarıyla eşime üniversitedeyken bir edebiyat hocası aldırmış ve dönem boyunca sizden tek istediğim bu kitabı okumanız demiş. "Failatun failun"'ları, yazarların doğum tarihlerini, ya da dil grupları arasındaki ilişkilerin haritasını ezberleten edebiyat hocamı düşündüğümde eşimin ne kadar şanslı olduğunu şimdi anlıyorum.

Chingiz Aitmatov gibi Kırgız bir edebiyat ustasından haberimiz olmadan yetiştirildiğimizi düşündükçe eğitim sistemi
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Ruslan Georgiev
This is the third novel I've read by the Kyrgyz writer and again he manages to make me fall in love in his characters and narrative. There is something special and unique in Aitmatov's writing that I seldom see in other authors. I especially admire is his skill to describe nature and use is to crate emotional atmosphere and evoke feelings. He has the ability to write beyond time and space by using grounds common for all human beings. He makes us realize that we are not so much different than the ...more
Eric
This novel was reommended to me by an Israeli friend which is a little odd as it was written by Soviet Kirghiz (the Turkic people of the Soviet Union who are principally Muslim) about a Kazakhstan Muslim. While religion does not play a major role in the novel, it seems to be always in the background. The novel is about a lot of different forms of prejudice - against prisoners of war (an interesting historical event from WWII), against creative artists (mainly writers), against higher intelligenc ...more
Lea
Well, I'm obviously way out of the mainstream here -- I just didn't get this one at all.

The story is very simple -- a man is journeying during the course of the day to bury a long time friend some distance away. During this journey, he remembers moments from his own life, as well as times that he shared with his friend.

The memories are interesting, in that they show aspects of life that are foreign to me -- living in a communist society during the cold war, muslim culture, life on the Russian
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Harry Rutherford
This novels tells the story of Yedigei, a worker at a remote railway junction in the middle of the Kazakh steppes. There’s a refrain which is repeated at intervals throughout the book:

Trains in these parts went from East to West, and from West to East . . .
On either side of the railway lines lay the great wide spaces of the desert — Sary-Ozeki, the Middle lands of the yellow steppes.
In these parts any distance was measured in relation to the railway, as if from the Greenwich meridian . . .
And t
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Waleed Alshaiji
رواية اسم على مسمى( ويطول اليوم اكثر من قرن).. وكأنها لا تنتهى ابدا. قصص ثم قصص ثم قصص واحداث تطفو على الذاكره وتتجسد على ارض الواقع اثناء رحله تستغرق يوم لمدافن اسطوريه قديمه لشعب القرقيز.. جنكيز ايتماتوف الروائي المسلم الذي تسيد الادب الروسي اثناء الدوله السوفيتيه.. والترجمة ايضا جديرة بالإشادة
Sivan
Absolutely loved this book. It is very hard to come by in English, though. If you get your hands on a copy you should read it. One of the few books that blew my mind.
Vered
I just wish everyone I love will read this book. It is truly one of the most wonderful books I've ever read. And I don't use that word (the most...) lightly.
Mert Kubilay
This is my best book, I have ever read. I can't explain how much I love. I read this book in one day. İt is about big trip of Yedigey. Her best friend died and his friend has got one wish.Buried in one cemetery. This cemetery is very far for their village. They started to go this cemetery. İn way Yedigey. remember his own life. The goal of book is, present to break down and regime change of Soviet with Yegigey's life. This is the most important book of Chingiz Aitmatov. You can be sure, you woul ...more
Pinar Celebi
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Her zaman olduğu gibi kendi yorumumu yazmaya başlamadan önce bu kitap hakkında yazılan yorumları okudum ve gördüm ki pek çok okuyucu başlarda çok sıkılmış. Oysa ben ilk sayfadan Yedigey'in yanındaydım sanki. O uzun bir günü birlikte geçirdik. Hatta ben bir ara öyle kaptırmışım ki kendimi Yedigey'in devesinin kokusunu bile aldım bir noktada. Zaten bir kitabın bende bıraktığı etki bahsi geçen herhangi bir şeyin kokusunu almama neden oluyorsa dört dörtlük kitap olu
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Anna Prejanò
"Il fantastico amplia alcuni aspetti del reale e osservando le regole del gioco le mostra nella loro generalizzazione filosofica, cercando di svelare al limite massimo il potenziale di sviluppo degli aspetti in questione. Il fantastico è la metafora della vita che permette di guardare ad essa da un nuovo inaspettato angolo di visuale." Realismo storico e psicologico, fantastico e fantascienza si fondono in modo unico in questo libro dai toni languidi di antica ballata della steppa. L'eroe si met ...more
Rabia Kucur
Cengiz Aytmatovun okuduğum ilk kitabıydı ve kendimi olabildiğince sıfır beklentide tuttum.Yani önyargısız başlamanın daha iyi olacağını düşündüm.Çünkü hiç tanışmadığınız bir yazarla ilk kez tanışırken (kitabını okumayı kastediyorum),onun dünyasına o ilk adımı atarken önyargısız olmak benim açımdan ve devamlılık açısından çok önemli. Kitap konu bakımından çok güzel ve özel oldu benim için.Okumaya başladığım an aldı beni içine.Olayların geçtiği Sarı-Özekte dolaştım,Karanar'ın haylazlıklarına şahit ...more
Bryn Hammond
A fable. In wild old tribal days they made robot-slaves by means of a camel's udder skin that shrank onto their shaved heads and leeched memory. The 20th century is on its way to invent a robotics of people and create a happy State, says an advocate. Elsewhere, cosmonauts discover extraterrestrial intelligence: but what intelligence can be expected from the governments on Earth?

I liked his nostalgic descriptions of the Aral Sea, and of camels; I liked the fine old Kazangap, whom they go to bury.
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Zvika
This was a very interesting read, but mostly because this was the first time I read an "approved" book from the Soviet era. I kept looking for places where the author was treading carefully to avoid censorship or censure. For example, there is criticism of Stalin's regime (which was allowed by the time the book was published) coupled with radiant approval of post-Stalin Communism.

The story itself is generally interesting and engaging, though perhaps a bit long. Most of the story is about the dru
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Steven
What can I say, This book is a precious glimpse into a corner of the world no one would ever see otherwise: an isolated train stop in the middle of nowhere in the yellow steppes of Kyrgyzstan.
For me an utterly memorable novel, unlike any other I have read.
Muhammed A.
I said the whole book is divided into three stories in three different times and spaces: one for history, one for today, and one for future, and, the part which tells us the story of two astronauts and their adventures on space, this future-part itself is as great as Isaac Asimov's sci-fi stories.

Kitap 3 ayrı ayrı zaman ve mekanda vuku bulan 3 ayrı hikayeden ibarettir ki bu hikayelerin biri geçmişi, biri bugünü, biri de geleceği söylemektedir. Her bir hikaye bir başka güzeldir. Tek şu geleceği
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Ayten
HArd for reading. THe total meaning is very valuable. But i cant read it till the end. I dont like cemetery . And read about it very exhausting.
Bookaholic
Conducându-l pe ultimul drum pe cel mai bun prieten al său, Edighei – un bătrân muncitor la o haltă din Sarî-Ozeki, un loc uitat de lume din stepele Asiei –, copleşit de nostalgie, se pierde pe drumurile amintirilor, reînviind, de fapt, o întreagă lume, cea a comunismului care s-a străduit, prin toate mijloacele, să şteargă sentimentul individualităţii, dar şi o lume în care miturile, prietenia şi dragostea încă însufleţesc o comunitate ce se încăpăţânează să nu pună preţ pe memorie. În O zi mai ...more
Dainius Jocas
Perskaičiau ir jaučiuosi turtingesnis. Labai gražus romanas.
Attila Domokos
One of the best books I've ever read.
Serhat
Gün Olur Asra Bedel - Cengiz Aytmatov Cengiz Aytmatov’un Gün Olur Asra Bedel’i gerçekten kurgusuyla insan�� büyülüyor. Kitap oldukça ve ak��c��, ve asl��nda tek bir günü anlat��yor fakat anlatt��klar�� as��rl��k dersler. Cengiz Aytmatov’dan okudu��um ilk eser olan bu kitap gerek kurgusundaki s��rad������l������yla gerek karamsar havas��nda gizli umutla beni oldukça etkiledi. Ayr��ca çevirmen kitab��n sonunda bu kitapta yer almas�� gereken fakat bir nedenden dolay�� yer almayan bir öyküden bahsed ...more
Amélie
Je sais pas où j’ai entendu parler de ce livre pour la première fois. Mais j’y pensais depuis si longtemps, comme on garde en tête certains titres de romans particulièrement intrigants, que c’est un des premiers que j’ai inscrit sur l’espèce de liste de livres à lire dans les trois prochains mois que j’ai décidé de faire autour du deux janvier. (On a les résolutions qu’on a.)

...& sûrement que c’était une erreur de m’imaginer lire ce roman aussi longtemps, plutôt que de m’y mettre pour de vr
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Robin Cicchetti
Set in the the Central Asian steppe during the era of Soviet space race, this book recounts the journey of Yedigei, a Kazakh railway worker, to bury his lifelong friend according to traditional Muslim rituals. When it was published in 1979 it quickly became a runaway bestseller among the Soviet intelligensia and in now considered a modern classic.
The remote Sarozek Desert of Soviet Central Asia borders Afghanistan, and is also where a secret space base has been built to launch a Star Wars type d
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Stela
Numele autorului si titlul acestui roman se vor asocia mereu in mintea mea cu legenda mankurtilor, cei carora li se radea parul de pe cap, apoi li se acoperea scalpul cu piele de capra (sau de oaie?) proaspata, care era lasata sa se usuce pe capul lor astfel incit li-l stringea ca intr-o menghina, facindu-i sa-si piarda identitatea si umanitatea - un fel de lobotomie fara operatie directa :). O metafora a alienarii fiintei umane, a automatizarii si programarii intr-o lume oprimata de comunism, d ...more
Jeruen
I noticed that I haven't had a book review here recently. I think I know what to blame for that. It's because I've been enjoying myself with the music player function of my new phone. Therefore, when I take the bus to and from school, instead of reading, I find myself listening to music instead. Anyway, enough of that. I figured that I prefer reading more than listening to music, so I'll limit my listening to cases in which I want to be occupied and yet I cannot read, such as when I do grocery-s ...more
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Chinghiz Aitmatov (Чингиз Айтматов, Tschingis Aitmatow, Čingiz Ajtmatov, Tšõngõz Ajtmatov,Cengiz Aytmatov) was an author who wrote in both Russian and Kyrgyz. He was the best known figure in Kyrgyzstan literature.

Aitmatov's parents were civil servants in Sheker. The name Chingiz is the same as the honorary title of Genghis Khan. In early childhood he wandered as a nomad with his family, as the Kyr
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