Ilia Tuktash

Tuktash, Il’ia Semenovich


Born July 21 (Aug. 3), 1907, in the village of Bol’shie Toktashi, in what is now Alikovo Raion; died Jan. 20,1957, in Cheboksary. Soviet Chuvash writer. Member of the CPSU from 1941.

Tuktash fought in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45. He was the author of the collections Verses (1930) and The Wind of October (1932), as well as short stories and essays. His novella Bull Ravine (1932) dealt with the collectivization of a Chuvash village. Tuktash translated into Chuvash The Tale of Igor’s Campaign (with I. Ivnik), M. A. Sholokhov’s The Quiet Don (book 1), and the short stories of M. Gorky. He is also known as a compiler of Chuvash folklore.


Këske kalavsem. Cheboksary, 1941.
Säväsempe yŭrăsem. Cheboksary, 1958.
In Russian translation:
“Nachalo zhizni.” In the collection Chuvashskaia vesna. Moscow, 1950.


Iur’ev, M. Pisateli sovetskoi Chuvashii. Cheboksary, 1975.