Wickham-Smith, Simon Books

Dr. Simon Wickham-Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Interrelationship of Humans and the Mongol Landscape in G. Mend-Ooyo's altan Ovoo: A Study of the Nomadic Culture of Mongolia
2013 0-7734-4468-8
The book discusses nomadic culture in Mongolia through its literary, religious, and socio-historical contexts by studying the contemporary poetry of Mend-Ooyo. It takes a careful look at the poetry in the Mongolian post-Soviet period. Certain sections present a systematic analysis of Altan Ovoo according to the following criteria: religion and spirituality, history, prose, narrative, poetry, the natural world, and autobiography. The growing geopolitical importance of Russia and China means that, as the country enveloped by those two superpowers, Mongolia will come to play an important negotiating role. If this is so, then it will also become necessary for the western world to understand the culture and the people of Mongolia, and for such an understanding, a literary perspective is invaluable.