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Der Richtplatz

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Aitmatov, a Kirghiz who writes fiction and drama in Russian, has tested the limits of discourse in the Soviet Union throughout his 30-year career. The publication last year of this stark novel was a triumph of glasnost; Time' s purchase of serial rights to the translation assures that it will be widely discussed in the West as well. The book combines wildly disparate eleme ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Unionsverlag (first published 1986)
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Elesa Labanz
This is a great book by a Central Asian author named Chingiz Aitmov. It was recommended to me by my friend Rosa who is familiar with his work. I think it's a great read and highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on a copy. Mine's currently on loan...
Sergey Artamonov
На мой взгляд, "Плаха" - это вершина творчества Айтматова. Конечно, "Белый пароход" и "Дольше века" - прекрасные книги, но "Плаха" по своей глубине и многослойности оставляет их позади.
Книга примечательна своей необычной структурой. Композиция "рамка в рамке", так любимая Айтматовым, здесь используется очень часто. Весь роман - это своеобразная "матрёшка": читаешь рассказ, а в нём ещё один, и чем дальше, тем более глубокие темы поднимает автор. И в самом сердце романа - айтматовская интерпретаци
Anna Prejanò
Una tragedia cosmica e potente. Le storie di due innovatori, uomini giusti e idealisti fatalmente destinati al patibolo: un giovane espulso dal seminario per le sue idee eretiche (un Dio mentale, un Dio-Futuro) e un vecchio pastore che ama il suo lavoro e propugna il ritorno a una forma di proprietà privata perché quello che è di tutti è come se non fosse di nessuno (il romanzo è del 1986, era di perestrojka). Così è l'uomo: vuole possedere e dominare. E se non può, almeno entrare in paradiso "p ...more
Thom Dunn
My copy in English is titled The Place of the Skull {Golgotha}. First published in Russia in 1987 under the title Plakha. My copy, first Grove Press edition, 1989, translated by Natasha Ward. Billed on cover as a novel discoverable by the West after Glasnost and as a "Russian novel" in the grand tradition.
Manuela Ruseva
"Ето го и края на света - гласно каза Бостон и в този миг му се разкри една страшна истина: досега целият свят се е съдържал в самия него. Той е бил и небето, и земята, и вълчицата Акбара, великата майка на всичко и всяка живинка, и Ерназар, останал навеки сред ледовете на превала Ала-Монгю, и малкият Кенджеш, последното му превъплъщение, прострелян от самия него, и Базарбай, отречен, намразен и убит, и всичко, което е виждал и преживявал по целия си житейски път - всичко това е било неговата вс ...more
John Cowan
Russian antiestablishment literature at it's best. A good story that shines a ligt on the filthy life behind the Iron Curtain. Certainly worth a read, even now years after the fall of the Soviet Union.
In one sentence for modern reader: Ideology of the age should be fully represented in each written word and the ideology of socialism or any other of that age really spoiled the book for me.

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This is the story with multilevel plot, where lives of some moments of live of completely different characters in one point come together or cross each other, creating impulses for actions and plot itself.

Parts which tell about wolves and their unhappy and even tragic destiny paralysed me, my
Third book from Aitmatov which I've found from the recycling centre (last autumn). The other works were Jamelia and My Little Poplar in a Red Scarf, of which the latter has not gotten English translation I believe...

Both of those works were rather in a miniature novel form instead of a full-length story. They were both love-centered, tales about love, which might be why I was not as moved by them as I was by The White Ship, the novel that originally made me really get into this author's writings
This is the English translation of "Плаха," but I read a Norwegian translation "Gapestokken". Wish I could say I read it in Russian, but I'm not quite there yet! The Russian original is in my bookshelf, though. Maybe when I retire.

I really enjoyed part of this book, which is really 4 stories, some of them can be read independently. I thought some of the dialogues weren't very natural, but that might be a translation issue.

I thought the stories about the wolves and Boston the shepherd were great
Zhanbulat Toimanov
Великий Кыргызский писатель, ученик Великого Казахского писателя Мухтара Ауезова. События разворачиваются в Казахстане. Как всегда по Айтматовски все очень грустно)))
If you like long and boring meditations on Christianity, then this book is for you. However, said meditations have been done much better by other Russian writers.
I read it in dutch. Kyrgysia. the Yssyk-koel lake, wolves, Saiga's, shepherds, jesus, cruelty, failed theology students..
Anna Vladi
Rough, vivid and masterfully put together plot makes this classic stand out from the crowd.
Всеки има своята Голгота...
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