“The story, that our grandparents didn’t have the right to tell and didn’t have the right to know, comes alive”.
Text of the banner used in the Mongolian book tour of 2008
Your book The Green Eyed Lama is the best novel ever written about Mongolia. Not until I read it could I understand why it has become so immensely popular throughout Mongolia, but now I see why every Mongolian can identify with at least one of the stories in your book. You encapsulated a long and complicated part of modern history into the lives of your characters and through the basic human emotions managed to place their stories in the narrative of history. While the story is so uniquely Mongolian it speaks to the same emotions of people everywhere. It is not only Mongolians who struggle with the horrors of the twentieth century and still search for a way to put it all in perspective. Your focus is so clearly Mongolian, and yet it speaks to the whole century from Auschwitz to Hiroshima and from the Gulags to the Red Guards.
Jack Weatherford, author of the Genghis Khan and Making of the Modern World, 2016
Their book, which chronicles the time of the great purges in the land of Genghis Khan in the 1930s, is a bestseller in her country. And the first major work of Mongolian fiction translated abroad, in this case in France.
Le Figaro, 2018
The Green-eyed lama was a huge success in Mongolia. Solidly documented, this fascinating novel that takes place in grandiose places makes us discover the habits and customs of a country as little known as endearing.
Les Echos, 2018
One day, I went to my library to buy a book, and I saw yours and the story of your country, the tragedy of the Mongolian people and the countless crimes. I didn’t know this story, so I thank you so much that you give me the opportunity to read it.
Brigitte Blind, France, 2018
A singular novel saga, ambitious and successful, by two authors who know a priori well what they speak ... and an epilogue that is cold in the back! An opinion probably slightly partisan, but my first favorite of the year!
Des livres et des books, 2018