Rytkheu, Iurii Sergeevich
Born Mar. 8, 1930, in the settlement of Uelen, in the Chukchi National Okrug. Soviet Chukchi writer. Member of the CPSU since 1967. Writes in the Russian and Chukchi languages.
Son of a hunter and trapper, Rytkheu studied in the literature department of Leningrad State University from 1949 to 1954. His works, which were first published in 1947, deal with the past and present life of the Chukchis and their transition to socialist culture. They include the collections of short stories People of Our Shore (1953), A Man’s Name (1955), and Chukchi Saga (1956), the trilogy Snow-melting Time (1958–67), and the novels In the Valley of the Little Hares (1962), A ivangu (1964), The Most Beautiful Ships (1967), Sleep When the Fog Rolls In Hoarfrost on the Threshold (1970), and The Woman Harpooner (1971). Rytkheu has also written novellas, sketches, collections of poetry, and film scripts. His works have been translated into many languages of the peoples of the USSR and into foreign languages.
Rytkheu has been awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor.
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