Azerbaijan Literature Presented in Tbilisi
Azerbaijan Translation Centre under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan (AzTC) has published "An Anthology of Modern Azerbaijan Literature" in the Georgian language in Tbilisi. The Georgian Writers’ Union hosted a presentation of the book. Guram Odisharia, Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia, Aleko Grigolashvili, Head of the Cultural Department of Georgia, Dursun Hasanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia, notable Georgian writers, poets and critics participated in the presentation ceremony.
Bagater Arabuli, Chairman of the Georgian Writers’ Union, a famous Georgian poet made an opening speech. The Chairman stated that the book is the first academic edition that promotes the contemporary national literature of Azerbaijan and gives an opportunity for wider researches. “I wish to emphasize that the book is an extraordinary event in the cultural life of Azerbaijan and Georgia. It is the first book that introduces the whole scenery of fraternal Azerbaijan literature to Georgian readers. I am highly delighted to say that AzTC has already prepared for edition “An Anthology of Georgian Literature”. As the structure representing Georgian Writers, we are ready to continue our cooperation with AzTC that is the author of such good will. It is not a secret that not political aims but such editions that appeal for humanity and mercy ensure friendship and understanding among nations.
Then the floor was given to Guram Odisharia, Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia and the author of the preface. “It is my honour to be the author of the preface. There are deep roots of relationship between Azerbaijan and Georgian literatures. It is gratifying to state that this tradition continues nowadays. Today’s successes of Azerbaijan in all spheres of life enhance the literary and cultural relations between near-and far-abroad as well. Therefore, Baku is titled as an “unofficial capital” of the whole Caucasus.’, said Guram Odisharia.
Then, Afag Masud, AzTC Director, Aleko Grigolashvili, Head of the Cultural Department of Georgia, Makvala Gonashvili, Secretary of the Georgian Writers’ Union and a famous poetess, Rezo Mshveladze, Zaur Motkhoveli, notable writers, and Badri Kutateladze, a famous Georgian poet and Director of “Didube” Writers Pantheon, Fakhri Valehoghlu, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Georgia addressed the participants and shared their viewpoints on the importance of the book.
In the final part of the event, Bagater Arabuli, Chairman of the Georgian Writers’ Union awarded Afag Masud with an honorary diploma of GWU – “Cultural Ambassador”.