Pierre Bonnard

The Gray Earth Galsan Tschinag, translated from the German by Katharina Rout Milkweed: 303 pp., $24 Galsan Tschinag was born in the 1940s in Mongolia and educated in Germany. After university, he returned to Mongolia to lead what was left of his people, the Tuvans, back to their ancestral homeland in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. His autobiographical novel "The Blue Sky" tells the story of that journey. "The Gray Earth" takes us back into a fictionalized version of Galsan's childhood — the decisions he faced as a young man in Mongolia between his profound calling as a shaman and his family's desire to give him a more traditional education in boarding...