Environmental Awareness in Cengiz Aitmatov’s Short Stories and Novels Cover Image

Cengiz Aytmatov’un Hikâye Ve Romanlarinda Çevre Duyarliliği
Environmental Awareness in Cengiz Aitmatov’s Short Stories and Novels

Author(s): Özlem Nemutlu
Subject(s): Fiction, Turkish Literature, Human Ecology, Environmental interactions
Published by: Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü
Keywords: Chingiz Aitmatov; Love of Nature; Destruction of Nature; Eco-Criticism;

Summary/Abstract: Chingiz Aitmatov, represents himself as a writer who is in love with of nature in his works. The fact that the environment he was born into has matchless natural wonders has great influence upon this. When evaluated chronologically, his works are observed to discuss the relationship between human and nature through a changing and evolving perspective as a result of the political and social transformations he witnessed. During the era in which he had faith in the Soviet regime, nature is represented in an idealized way, through depictions of such activities as fields being processed with machines. “The White Rain” and “My First Teacher” are works that were written through this perspective. “The Camel Eye” and Farewell Gülsarı, on the other hand, shows the signs of the disappearence of such idealizations. The theme of destruction of nature is presented as the core of political interests in works such as Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years, The Dreams of a She-Wolf and When the Mountains Fall Down: Eternal Bride. The source of Aitmatov’s success is his ability to fictionalize these processes meticulously.

  • Issue Year: 16/2018
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 237-254
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Turkish