Blackcrane brings animals to life with his stories

Updated 2017-03-31 14:00:46 China Daily

Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, hailed as “a son of nature”, recently publishes three of his novels and five collections of novellas and stories, including his representative works Gui the Tibetan Mastiff and Diao Lang. Photos Provided To China Daily

Gerelchimeg Blackcrane is more than 1.9 meters tall and when he shows up at public events, he wears Mongolian gowns.

The writer, born in northeastern Heilongjiang province, was raised by his grandmother on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

He is known for his animal tales, which have won him numerous literary awards and have been translated into many foreign languages.

Black Flame and The Nightjar at Dusk are two of his works available in English. The former is a novel about Kelsang, a lovable Tibetan mastiff, and his adventures.

Ian Tymms, a reader on, rates the book highly, and says: “(The book) reminds me of Jack London's novels, that it's from the perspective of a dog with a similar complexity to its narrative voice. The novel manages to be engaging and convincing without overly romanticizing the dog's life. A special novel - in that the writer is from the Mongolian grasslands where the plot is partly set and he brings this world alive.”


Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, hailed as “a son of nature”.

Hailed as “a son of nature”, Blackcrane says he hopes to bring more such stories on nature to his readers, after a speech and an interaction with students from the Beijing Experimental School recently.

China Children's Press and Publication Group recently released three of his novels and five collections of novellas and stories, including his representative works Gui the Tibetan Mastiff and Diao Lang, and new stories.

“I write fiction, but all the details I write are borrowed from the real world, and they tally with nature's rules,” says Blackcrane.

“I never impose human imagination and emotion onto the animal characters. Otherwise, the works will be called fables or allegories, not animal stories,” he adds.

Speaking about the impact of his stories, he says: “Views on nature can shape the lives of our children. Mine were shaped when I was very young, and I know that in nature, everything has its position.”

He also does not avoid writing about death.

He recalls how his grandparents told him about how wild wolves had fatally injured his beloved foal.

“They said it was taken by the heavenly dog. And I know they were trying to teach me to accept what nature brings,” he says.


Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, hailed as “a son of nature”.

Blackcrane was born Bao Tiejun in Daqing in 1975. But he was sent to the grasslands in Inner Mongolia at 4.

“In the pasturing area deep in the grasslands, I, a kid from the city, was at first lonely until I got a handmade Mongolian gown and learned to ride horse,” he says.

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