“Mystery” - Azerbaijan Short Stories Launched in Berlin

 

The Translation Centre under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan (AzTC) has presented a collection of Azerbaijan short stories titled “Mystery” in Germany, a project to promote Azerbaijani literature worldwide. The publisher of the book is the Hans-Yürgen Maurer Publishing House. The book launch was held at the  Berlin Haus für Poesie.

The moderator of the event  Ph.D. Michael Hess opened the ceremony: “This book is a window that brings the readers face- to-face with the XX century Azerbaijani literature, culture, traditions and people. The book provides a broad overview about the country, its national and moral values, and the thought bringing together the writers, describing Azerbaijan in their pieces.” 

Professor at the University of Würzburg Sieglinde Hartmann, the author of the foreword and Chairman of the Oswald von Wolkenstein Society, spoke about the significance of the project, adding that it will help improve literary ties between Azerbaijan and Germany. 

AzTC Director Afag Masud, in turn, focused on the past and present evolution of Azerbaijani literature. She went on saying how AzTC was presented worldwide through international cooperation launched in recent years.

Later on, Nina Vestin, a German actress and TV hostess, read out some of the short stories by Magsud Ibrahimbekov, Movlud Suleymanly and Afag Masud.

The collection includes short stories by Jalil Mammadguluzade, Mir Jalal, Isa Huseynov, Sabir Ahmadli, Isi Melikzade, Magsud Ibrahimbekov, Yusif Samadoglu, Anar, Elchin, Movlud Suleymanly, and Afag Masud. The translators into German for the book are Lutz Engel, Helga Pabl, Sena Dogan, Hilda Tanik, Merion Kubin-Semyonova, Waltraut Schrader and Wolfram Schrader from Germany and Austria.

 

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