LitCafe. Memorial evening for the outstanding Russian and Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov: “And the day lasts longer than a hundred years...”

On May 24, the evening in memory of the greatest contemporary writer, Chinghiz Aitmatov, was held at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in the LitCafe (library project). Opening the meeting, the head of the Russian Center, philologist Vera Bunin told about the significance of Chingiz Aitmatov and his works for world literature. She stressed that Aitmatov was a native Kyrgyz language speaker, but he received his world-wide glory as a Russian writer, because Aitmatov was translated into all languages ​​from Russian. And with his fate, and with the word, Aitmatov united countries and continents, telling the people of the Earth about his people and his spiritual values, which turned out to be understandable to all mankind. Representatives of the Kyrgyz embassy in Belgium took part in the meeting. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Muktar Jamaliev called his countryman the greatest sage, the creator of a separate unique genre within the framework of classical realism, imbued with mysticism, parables, the deepest knowledge of folk culture, world ethnos and national legends. This evening, the participants warmly welcomed the couple of Blanks - Gold and Jean, close friends and admirers of Aitmatov, who made an invaluable contribution to the popularization and distribution of the writer's books in European countries. Natalia Dmitrievskaya told the burning story of the rescue of the Blanks from the destruction of several thousand copies of the writer's books translated into French in Paris. A gift for the meeting participants in the literary cafe was a documentary film by film director Olga Chekalina “Citizen of the Globe” about the life and work of the Great Kirgiz, which she brought from Moscow specifically to our meeting. The touching poems consonant with the novel by Chingiz Aitmatov “The Block” were read by the poet and teacher Sergey Likhodeev. In free communication at tea party they talked about the beautiful and wise books of the writer, about his poetic language. The books “And the Day Lasts A Century”, “The First Teacher”, “The White Ship”, “The Mother's Field”, “Jamila”, and other works by Chingiz Aitmatov were mentioned. And, also, unforgettable films shot on them. A photo exhibition about the life of the writer was prepared together with the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan. The Blankov family provided their exhibits and photographs related to their stay in Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of Chingiz Aitmatov. The exhibition featured books by the writer from the library, printouts, quotations from books and statements about the author. The surprise on the litcafe treat was Kyrgyz plov and Russian pies, as symbols of two cultures.