Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tukay Kon 1979

Salih Absi and iLhan

Two snapshots from Tukay Kon 1979 at the Bina.
Bulent presents a gift to Salih Apakay (seated) Shemsiye Apakay and Sait Absi.

California Tatars 1978

Bulent Sadri's Thirteenth Birthday

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kazan 1857

map above is a snip of the map below

from the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, published by Edward Stanford, London, 1857

Tatar Village on the Volga - Pre 1900

1753 - Casan

from: 'Kleyne en Beknopte Atlas, of Tooneel des Oorlogs in Europa, ...', published in Amsterdam by David Weege, 1753.

Mussa Jalil - Musa Jalil - Mussa Djalil

We don't have a copy of this book yet. It's in English and Russian. We've also never seen an image of Mussa Jalil like this one.

December 2012 - We now have a copy of this in the Peremech Lounge Library.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Confusion of the Shajrat Ul Atrak

This is from 1838 and yet another bizarre and archaic usage of the term - Tatar.
This author includes Russians, Poles and Croats as members of the Tatar family due to our ancestral linkage through Noah.

The Shajrat Ul Atrak, Or Genealogical Tree of the Turks and Tatars; Tr. [From the Pers.] and Abridged by Col. Miles
It's extensive and here.

The Death of Knowledge - знание

We discovered yesterday that the знание bookstore in San Francisco has been closed for about two years. (!) Years ago, they would handle our subscription to Kazan Utlary. We were able to find a far a more extensive selection of books relevant to Tatars at the Szwede Slavic Books in Palo Alto, but the ladies at знание were helpful as well.

They still have a web presence, but the webpage triggers our anti-virus alarm - a sad exclamation ending another bookstore.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Musa Jalil - Musa Dzhalil

Dzhalil’, Musa Mustafomch
(also Musa Mustafovich Dzhalilov). Born Feb. 2 (15), 1906, in the village of Mustafino, in present-day Orenburg Oblast; died Aug. 25, 1944, in Berlin. Soviet Tatar poet. Member of the CPSU from 1929.

Dzhalil’, the son of a poor peasant, graduated from the literature department of Moscow State University in 1931. He was the editor of several Tatar magazines for children, which were published from 1931 to 1932 under the auspices of the Central Committee of the All-Union Lenin Communist Youth League (Komsomol). From 1939 to 1941, Dzhalil’ served as the executive secretary of the Union of Writers of the Tatar ASSR. He joined the Soviet Army in 1941. After being seriously wounded in 1942, he was captured and imprisoned in a concentration camp, where he organized an underground group that arranged the escapes of Soviet military prisoners. His fellow inmates memorized and circulated his poems by word of mouth. Dzhalil’ was executed in Plotzensee military prison for his participation in the underground organization. The title Hero of the Soviet Union was conferred on him posthumously in 1956.

Dzhalil’ was first published in 1919. His first collection of verses and narrative poems We Are Going were published in 1925. Several of his poems including “Paths Traversed” (1924-28), “Shock Worker-Partisan” (1930), and “The Letter Carrier” (1940), are devoted to the Komsomol and to feats of labor. Dzhalil’ also celebrated friendship and internationalism in his verses (for example, “On Death,” 1927, and “Jim,” 1935. He wrote the librettos for the operas Altyn chech (in Russian, The Golden-haired Girl, 1941; State Prize of the USSR, 1948) and Il’dar (1941). His poems written in 1941 are optimistic and express faith in a victory over fascism (for example, “From the Hospital,” “Before the Attack,” and “Letter From a Trench).” Dzhalil’, with the help of a Belgian partisan also confined in Moabit prison, smuggled out a notebook of poems; these include “My Songs,” “Do Not Believe,” and “After the War.” His poetry, consisting of more than 100 works, are testimony of Dzhalil’s struggles, sufferings, and courage. He was posthumously awarded the Lenin Prize in 1957 for his collection of poems Moabit Notebook. A film about Dzhalil’, also entitled Moabit Notebook, was made in 1968.


Saylanma ïsïrlïr. Kazan, 1960.
In Russian translation:
Soch. Kazan, 1962.
Izbr. proizv. Kazan, 1969.

Warning! This article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.