Galsan Tschinag reading from his novel (in German, with parallel passages in English) Der Blaue Himmel
- Galsan Tschinag was born in the High Altai Mountains in western Mongolia into a family of nomadic herders. His family belongs to the Tuvan people and traditionally held a position of wealth and leadership. Tschinag was trained as a shaman. As a young boy, he traveled to Leipzig where he studied German language and literature and began to write, mostly in German. He is the author of more than thirty books, short fiction, novels, and poetry, published in Germany and Switzerland.
- Tschinag has been awarded several German literary awards, including the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as Danish literary award and the two highest orders of the Republic of Tuva. A film based on the “Tuvinian Tale” by Oscar-winner Florian Gallenberger is in the works.