Post-Soviet Literary Rehabilitations: Revisiting Abai

Thursday, November 19, 2009
12:00pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

 Please join the Harriman Institute and the Eurasia Initiative (EI) student group for a talk with Professor Zifa- Alua Auezova, Lecturer at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Auezova will be speaking about the role of literature in the formation of Kazakh national identity in the 1920s-1950s, through the prism of the legacy of the acclaimed Kazakh thinker and poet Abai Kunanbaev (1845-1904).

Writer Anatoly Kim’s new translation of Mukhtar Auezov's novel Abai Zholy will be introduced at the lecture. Several copies of the new translation will be available to public.

Introduction by Rafis Abazov, author of The Culture and Customs of the Central Asian Republics.

Part of the Harriman Institute Central Asia Lecture Series.

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