Rytkhe Yuri Sergeevich (born 1930), Chukchi prose writer.
Born March 8 in the village of Uelen Chukotka National Okrug in the family of a hunter. He graduated from the seven-year school and left his native village. By age, he was not among those who had been sent to the Institute of the Peoples of the North, and decided to independently get to Leningrad in order to continue his education. It began his long, long-lasting journey to, Leningrad. It was necessary to make a living and on. travel. He sailed by the sailor across the Bering Sea, went to the mountains with a geological expedition as a worker, took part in a hunter’s trade, was a loader of a hydrobase. A long journey gave the future writer an invaluable experience of life.
When it was time to receive a passport, Rytkheu went to a familiar geologist and asked him for his name and patronymic (the Chukchi did not have the patronymic of the patronymic and surname). So he became Yuri Sergeyevich, the name of Rytkhau became his surname.
On the way to Leningrad I entered the Anadyr school, after a while I began to cooperate in the district newspaper Sovetskaya Chukotka, published my first essays and poems. In Anadyr met with the Leningrad scientist P. Skorik, who headed the linguistic expedition. With his help he reached Leningrad and in 1948 became a student at the University. He was little more than 20 years old, when in the almanac “Young Leningrad”, and then in “Ogonek” and “New World” began to appear his first stories. The first large book – The Chukchi Saga – was published in 1956, immediately making his name known. Then came the novel “The Time of Melting Snow,” which brought the young author even greater popularity.
In the 1970s, stories, novels and novels by Rytkhe were published: “When Whales Go,” “
In 1989 he published the Inter-Continental Bridge (a legend about the future). Yu. Rytkhau lives and works in Anadyr.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.