Very goodMinor edge toning of cover evident when opened, slight scuffing of spine, text pages clean and fresh. Text in English, Russian. 211 p. Audience: General/trade. Text in English, repeated in Russian in a following section.
First Edition, First Printing. --Play. Bilingual edition, translated from Russian by Nicholas Bethell. 211 pages. --Hardcover. Condition: very good, in very good dust jacket (short tears). --Aitmatov, born 1928, novelist, playwright of the Kirghiz mountains and steppes, writing in Russian and Kirghiz. ISBN 0374106290.
New York. 1975. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 211 pages. hardcover. Both Aitmatov and his co-author, Mukhamedzhanov, are from Central Asian republics in the Soviet Union. Aitmatov, the principal author, a Kirghiz, is winner of a Lenin Prize, the country's highest literary honor. Jacket design by Antonio Frasconi. 0374106290. keywords: 41760. inventory # 853. FROM THE PUBLISHER-In the winter of of 1973 an extraordinarily provocative play was presented on the Moscow stage. THE ASCENT OF MOUNT FUJI jolted Russian audiences with its frank discussion of moral compromises made by individuals in the past. The play's exploration of human ethics reaches beyond the scope of the recent Soviet experience to all people, regardless of nationality and history. Four former schoolmates, three of their wives, and their favorite old schoolteacher gather for a reunion on a mountain in Kirghizia. The four had grown up and gone to war together, but had rarely made contact in the past twenty years. They are now all respectable members of Soviet society: a schoolteacher, an agronomist on a state farm, an international journalist, and a director of a history institute. It soon becomes apparent that there is a missing fifth member of the: Sabur, a poet, who refused to come to the reunion because he had been denounced by one of these friends during the war. Even now, after so many years, none of them will admit responsibility for Sabur's fate. It is at this point that the significance of the play's title is explained by one of the characters: an old Japanese legend says that one must climb to the top of Mount Fuji and there justify the actions of one's entire life before God. And so, on a remote mountain, the old friends attempt to understand and confront the truths of their past and, in a surprising ending, find themselves faced with moral problems in their present life as well.
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