Kazakh Literature Gaining Popularity on World Stage
Kazakh literary works are becoming popular in the world. London hosted the Day of the Kazakh Literature dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Mukhtar Auezov. The novel "The Path of Abai" was translated into Shakespeare's language. Recently, the English publishing house issued a collection of stories by Mukhtar Auezov written in the 1920s and 1930s.
PETER BERMAN, HEAD, EURASIAN CREATIVE GUILD :
- The way of uses of imagination is unique. His characters and his settings are incredibly rich and almost the unique way of dealing with literature. We need to remember him and his legacy.
Kazakh literature has been published in the UK more frequently. Now English readers can learn more about great Kazakh literary classics and especially, about young writers. A number of books by Kazakh authors can be found in large public and educational libraries of the UK. Thus, millions of researchers who are interested in Kazakhstan’s culture can access the books. In addition, it is possible to order the books online, which further increases the number of potential readers.
MARAT AKHMEDZHANOV, PUBLISHER:
- We have a successful experience with ‘Under the Wolf’s Nest’ by Kairat Zakiryanov. We made it available online. Within a year 4500 digital copies of this book in English were sold. It is a success that showed the interest. The main goal is to motivate and to further promote.
Chinese are introduced to Kazakh culture and language through Abai's works. China hosts the Abai readings annually. Students studying in Beijing read out poems of the Kazakh poet and discuss Abai’s ‘Words of Edification’. One of the participants Chou Yu had studied Kazakh language for a year.
CHOU YU, STUDENT, BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY:
- This event allowed to take another step towards studying the work of the great poet. Through his poems, I’ve realized how talented he was. Abai is a Kazakh poet but his works possess the ideas of people all around the world.
KHANSHAIYM KARABAYEVA, HEAD, KAZAKH CENTER IN BEIJING:
- I think that this event is a good example of patriotic education of young generation and support of Kazakhs abroad. In addition, we were able to increase Chinese students’ interest to study Kazakh language and culture.
Foreign readers highlight the unusual style, poetry and special spirit which are inherent in Kazakh works. Thanks to these works, everyone can discover the beauty of the Great Steppe, feel the energy of young Kazakhstan and get acquainted with traditions of descendants of nomads.