Cultural event in Paris launches French translation of Uzbek author Erkin Azam's book

14 Apr 2015

Uzbekistan’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO has held an evening of Uzbek literature, arts and music in Paris. One of the main highlights of the event was the launch of the book “Adieu aux contes de fées”, the French translation of selected prose of prominent Uzbek author and playwright Erkin Azam.

Erkin Azam’s book was translated into the English and French languages, and published in Paris with the backing of Uzbekistan’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO.

Earlier a similar event was held in Washington DC, as part of which the book’s English translation “Farewell to Fairy Tales” was launched.

The book comprises two novels and two short stories, which lead the reader to deeper understanding of how events of recent history were reflected in the consciousness and thoughts of the Uzbek people.

The cultural event was attended by representatives of the official and cultural circles, as well as the Paris-based diplomatic corps.

In her opening speech, Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said that Erkin Azam made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary Uzbek literature.

“Erkin Azam tempers his plays and prose with an acute understanding of human nature, a broad-minded, inquisitive worldview and an unmistakable appreciation for spiritual values,” Mrs Karimova-Tillyaeva said, commenting on the book launch.

The cultural event also included an exhibition of paintings by well-known Uzbek artists Javlon Umarbekov, Babur Ismoilov and  Davron Toshev, whose art reflects the centuries-old heritage, tradition and culture of the people of Uzbekistan.

Those in attendance also enjoyed readings in the French language of excerpts from Erkin Azam’s newly-published book by actors of French association “Lire autrement”, as well as a piano recital of Uzbek compositions performed by French pianist Domitille Bes.

Owing to the event’s diverse programme those present had an opportunity to learn more about the scope and style of the literature, art and music of the country, located along the routes of the Great Silk Road.