Sengiin Erdene

Sengiin Erdene (Mongolian: Сэнгийн Эрдэнэ) was a Mongolian novelist and writer.

Sengiin Erdene
Binder, Khentii, Mongolia
Alma materMongolian State University; School of Military Officers
Period1955; 1949
Genreshort story, novel
Notable worksAmidralyn Toirog (Circle of Life); Khoid Nasandaa Uchirna (See You in After-Life)
Notable awardsState Awards of Mongolia (1965)
ChildrenErdeniin Bat-Üül


Sengiin Erdene was born on December 7, 1929 in Binder, Khentii Province. His father, a herder from Buryatia who had come to Mongolia a few years previous, was killed during the repressions of the late 1930s.

Erdene graduated from the School of Military Officers, Ulaanbaatar in 1949 and the Mongolian State University in 1955. Before turning completely to writing, he worked as a psychiatrist for several years.

Among his most notable works are "Amidralyn Toirog", "Bayan Burd" (Oasis), "Zanabazar", "Malyn Kholiin Toos" (Dust Raised by Livestock), "Naran Togoruu" (Sun Cranes) and "Khoit Nasandaa Uchirna". He was awarded with the State Awards of Mongolia in 1965, the Awards of the Mongolian Writers' Union in 1976 and the title of People's Writer of Mongolia in 1994.

Several of Erdene's works have been translated into German.[1]

Sengiin Erdene died in 2000. One of his sons is Erdeniin Bat-Üül, a prominent politician from Mongolia's Democratic party.


  1. ^ "Khulan and me" and "Salute" in Renate Bauwe-Radna (editor), Erkundungen, Berlin 1976, several short stories and novellas in Sonnenkraniche, Berlin 1979, and The End of the Serüün Temple, 2009 (together with "The Hunter's Bride")

Renate Bauwe: Leben und Werk des mongolischen Schriftstellers Sengijn Erdene (in German)