A batch of fiction with a foot, or both feet or heart on the steppe. Links are to my reviews on Goodreads. My reviews can go on a bit, and I don’t like to post content twice.
The Blue Sky
by Galsan Tschinag
Boyhood in the Altai Mountains
“A little tragedy, a child’s tragedy.”
2nd of three on his youth, between nomad life and Communist indoctrination
“The boy, at 8 and 9 years, knows he wants to be a shaman. Shamans are persecuted and liable to be sent to prison…”
Speculative historical fiction: Amazons and Greeks
“I had no idea Steven Pressfield had written such a serious contribution to savage/civil arguments.”
Adventure in Russia, 1534: the infancy of Ivan the Terrible
“…our girl hero whose heart is on the steppe though she’s plunked into Moscow to patch up a feud with a marriage…”
The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years
by Chingiz Aitmatov
A spaceport on the steppes of Kazakhstan
Now we’ll go north of the steppe, but stick with shamans.
The Chukchi Bible
by Yuri Rytkheu
Native cultures of Siberia under siege
“The author’s grandfather, whose story is two-thirds of the book, was ‘the last shaman of Uelen’.”
And I’ll throw this in. Far from the steppe, but about the messy intersection of cultures.
Jesuits in Canada, 1600s. One of his ‘Seven Dreams’ set of novels on the clash of Indians and Europeans in the New World
“In spite of the culture clashes, the Black Crows and the Savages are often strikingly alike.”