Poetry and Wisdom in the 21st Century: Thinking Out Loud
Location: Ismaili Center Dushanbe, 47 Ismaili Somoni Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Lecturer: Temur Kasymovich Zulfikarov, Writer, poet, playwright and screenplay writer
Drawing on his experience in the arts and media, renowned writer, poet, playwright and screenplay writer Temur Kasymovich Zulfikarov will address key issues of the 21st Century related to identity, technology and media and philosophy in this lecture. Questions to be considered and discussed include: Where is humanity headed? What will happen to us and our children in a globalised world? Who are the true prophets of our problematic times? How do wisdom and poetry feel in the era of the Internet? Who reads great books in the age of show business?
Temur Kasymovich Zulfikarov is a renowned poet, novelist, screenwriter and playwright. He was born in 1936 in Dushanbe and graduated from Gorkiy Institute of Literature in Moscow, Russia. He is the author of 30 books, “unique unprecedented collections of prose and poetry", of which over a million copies have been printed in 12 languages. In the West, Zulfikarov is known as the "Dante of Russian Literature". His most well-known publications include Legendary Khoja Nasreddin, Omar Khayyam, Ivan the Terrible, Amir Temur and Earthly and Heavenly Journey of the Poet. He has written scripts for more than 20 feature films and documentaries, many of which received awards at national and international festivals. His literary and film awards include Best Novel of Europe-93 for Kollets (England); The international Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Prize (1991); The Yasnaya Polyana Leo Tolstoy prize for outstanding artistic work of Russian literature (2004); Best Book of the Year for his novel Coral Efa (2005); The Anton Delvig Prize for Coral Efa (2008); Prophet Muhammad - Mercy to the Worlds - 2011. ("One Day in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad"); "All ahead" V.I Belov – (2011); and "Light of the soul" VM Shukshin (2013).
The presentation will be in Russian.
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