Kazakhstan marks 100th anniversary of famous writer Ilyas Yesenberlin

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ALMATY. KAZINFORM - This year Kazakhstan marks the 100th anniversary of Ilyas Yesenberlin, said the first deputy chairman of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan Galim Zhailybayi at a round table dedicated to the famous Kazakh writer.

"It is noteworthy that the event coincides with the celebration of 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, as we know, I.Yesenberlin was one of the first writes who wrote about those times. His trilogy "Nomads" tells the readers about the events that took place on the territory of Kazakhstan in the era of Genghis Khan, and about the period of formation of the Kazakh Khanate," said G.Zhailybai. During the year, all over the country will be carried out a variety of events dedicated to the great son of the Kazakh nation I.Yesenberlin. I.Yesenberlin was born in 1915 in a town called Atbasar, Akmola region. At the age of five his parents died. After graduating from elementary school Ilyas went to Kyzyl-Orda and began to study in a boarding school. In 1940 he graduated from the Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute and was sent to work in Dzhezkazgan town. Then he was drafted into the Red Army. At the end of the Great Patriotic War I.Yesenberlin got married to the daughter of Hamza Zhusupbekova - the People's Commissar of Justice, who was shot in 1937. He brought his mother in law from Akmola camp for wives of traitors. She was the widow of a repressed people's commissar. At that time he came in sight of Soviet secret police (NKVD). In 1949, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in the camps. On his release he worked in the Ministry of Geology of the Kazakh SSR, and then he headed the Bersugirskiy mine. Since 1958 he worked as a scenario-editor of the editorial board of "Kazakhfilm". Since 1962 he served as an editor of Kazgoslitizdat, since 1967 - as the director of "Zhazushy" edition. Then he worked as the secretary of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan (1971-1975). Since 1975 he has written 15 novels.

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