World Bulletin/News Desk
Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov, whose books were translated into 150 languages will be remembered with an international conference to be held in London, England, on June 8th, 2012.
Aitmatov Academy, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Kazakh Multifunctional Institute "Parasat", M.Utemisov's University of West Kazakhstan will host the event that will be remembering and celebrating the life and works of this literary giant.
Chingiz Aitmatov was a bilingual writer (Kyrgyz & Russian) from Kyrgyzstan. He was an intellectual as well as an advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev. After the collapse of the Soviet Union he helped to stengthen the newly independent Kyrgyzstan in his role as Kyrgyz Ambassador to Brussels.
Aitmatov was born on December 12th, 1928 in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. He lost his father at the age of 10, a victim of Stalin's purges. His father was executed as an "enemy of the people" in 1938.
He graduated as a veterinary surgeon, studying first in Dshambul and later at the Agricultural High School in Frunze (now Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan). Aitmatov published his first short story in 1952.
He studied at the High School for Literature in Moscow from 1956-58. He published his first story "Face to face" in the Kyrgyz language in 1957. His second story "Jamilia" was translated into French by Louis Aragon in the same year and brought him worldwide fame. He went on to become a celebrated author, thanks to his hard work and great talent.
His works have been translated into more than 150 languages worldwide. He died in a clinic in Germany on June 10, 2008.
The theme of this year will be the Battle of Canakkale, also known as the Dardenelles Campaign, which marks its 100 year anniversary on 2015.
Sofia, has played host to Iran with a cultural concert commemorating 36 years Iranian revolution
The heart of the once-vibrant city of Al-Khalil is ghost town of abandoned shops, empty houses and dirty streets – another victim in the long-running Israel-Palestine conflict.
This weekend is the anniversary of the Russian revolutionary's unwilling exile in Turkey.
"Aferim!", which means "well done", shares the same producer, Ada Solomon, as the Romanian film Child's Pose, which won the Golden Bear in 2013.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's children's book.
Two decades after the siege of Sarajevo, the city struggles to preserve authentic reminders of mass killings.
Some white South Africans say they were not being recruited because of their color
Harper Lee's first novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," became an instant best-seller and has since sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide.
Direcor Steven Spielberg was talking to Holocaust survivors in the southern Polish city of Krakow
Cafcaf magazine responds to Hebdo in the same language, saying that nothing will be forgiven by those who have been oppressed and blood still being spilt.
One of Asia's largest photo festivals aims to rebalance image of the developing world
Political complications in the Ottoman Empire made way for new power centres with Ottoman soldiers at their head.
Painters in Lok Virsa street reflect the daily life and culturel beauties of Pakistan in their paintings.
After decades of conflict, Afghans poets are finding their inspiration in their collective hope for peace.
Istanbul night owls are travelling tens of kilometers to use the city's first all-night library which houses more than half million publications.