Jamilya, Chingiz Aitmatov
Jamilya, Chingiz Aitmatov, 96 pp, \nThe Second World War is raging, and Jamilia’s husband is off fighting at the front. Accompanied by Daniyar, a sullen newcomer who was wounded on the battlefield, Jamilia spends her days hauling sacks of grain from the threshing floor to the train station in their village in Central Asia. Spurning men’s advances and wincing at the dispassionate letters she receives from her husband, Jamilia falls helplessly in love with the mysterious Daniyar in this heartbreakingly beautiful tale. \nChinghiz Aitmatov is one of the most famous writers from Eurasia and, according to UNESCO, one of the most widely published authors of the 20th century. His books, which introduced the mountains and lakes of his native Kyrgyzstan to readers in 176 language, emphasize individual liberty, respect for the natural world and reverence for the traditions of minority peoples. \nTranslator Uppala Lakshman Rao (1870-1930) was a novelist, dramatist and essayist.