Conversation with Olzhas Suleimenov

Member’s of the community made a trip to New York City for an evening with Olzhas Suleimenov in Columbia University. Olzhas Suleimenov shared his thoughts about the recent development in the literary universe in Kazakhstan and Eurasia. He also spent time answering questions and signing autographs.

About the Writer: Olzhas Suleimenov (born in 1936) is one of the most influential and respected poets and writers in modern Kazakhstan. He authored more than sixteen books of poetry and prose. His polemic novel Az-i-Ia (1975) brought him both wide recognition in his native land and problems with the Soviet authorities. In addition to his artistic accomplishments, Olzhas Suleimenov has been active in public life. He founded the Nevada-Semipalatinsk Movement (1989), which became one of the most vocal voices for the closure of all nuclear testing facilities in Kazakhstan, and co-founded the Issyk Kul Forum, which has been recognized as an important organization of intellectuals in the former Soviet Union. Currently, he serves as the ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO.

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