“Abai alemi” book series aim to develop Kazakh culture and literature
A book series “Abai alemi” (World of Abai) includes works of such young writers as Alexander Mescheryakov and Kyzyrbek Durginbai. The editions were published thanks to a project in East Kazakhstan region as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program.
“Abai alemi” is the book series that is planned to be released from 2018 to 2022. Readers will be able to discover both young authors and classics due to the project that aims at the promotion of the development of Kazakh culture and literature, the revival of works of local great personalities, famous poets and writers as well as upbringing of patriotism and love to the homeland. The first publication contained works of Abai in Kazakh and Russian languages, including translations by Yevgeniy Kurdakov.
Approximately 20,000 copies were published as part of the project in the last two years. This year, 23,000 volumes of 22 books of East Kazakhstan region’s famous personalities will be released.
Works of Abai, his followers and Abai studies researchers are going to be published in honor to the 175th anniversary of the great Kazakh poet. Scientists of Shakarim University in Semei, staff of the Museum of Abai and the regional library take part in the preparation for the book release.
The “Abai alemi” project is implemented with the help of the Abai Universal Library in Semei, East Kazakhstan region.
Alternatively, Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University announced an essay contest “National memory and future lessons” dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Abai, the 1150th anniversary of Abu Nasr Al-Farabi and the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde.
Its goal is to discover and support the talented youth, develop their creative abilities and aesthetic taste as well as introduce to the new generation the literary works of Abai, the global heritage of Al-Farabi and the historical significance of the Golden Horde.
The competition will be conducted in four thematic areas such as “Trails of Abai…”, “Locking the keys of wisdom”, “About history lessons”, “Abai University – University of 21 century”.
The essay contest will last until August 25, the winners will be announced on August 29. You can learn more about it on www.kaznpu.kz website.