The author from Tajikistan won the Third International Literary Contest «Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2014»


The literary work “Cranes in the spring” by Tajik writer Tolibshohi Davlat was recognized as the best work in the literary competition as a part of the Third International Literary Festival Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival- 2014 (OCABF-2014).

 On November 14-17, 2014 in Almaty (Kazakhstan), the British publishing house Hertfordshire Press held the third international literature Festival Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival with the help of the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Kazakhstan, the Elena Bezrukova Centre of Training and Consulting, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan, Department of Culture of Almaty and the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism.

Among the honored guests OCABF-2014 were Nick Rowan (UK), Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Muhtar Shahanov (Kazakhstan), Bolot Shamshiev (Kyrgyzstan) and many others.

In the framework of the festival, there was a literary competition in four categories: literary work, artistic illustration, literary translation and video contest. More than 450 authors from 20 countries participated in the competition including the countries of Central Asia, Russia, UK, Romania, USA, Belarus, Ireland, Germany, Turkey, France, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia, the Republic of Cyprus.

Three literary works from Tajikistan participated in Open Central Asia – 2014 contest:

  1. The essay of Melikshoev Ravshan “To reveal yourself”
  2. The story of Tolibshohi Davlat “Cranes in the spring”
  3. The story of Malohata Fakirova “Chest for the bride”

Finalists were selected by a special commission which included regional and international experts in the field of publishing and literature.

Tolibshohi Davlat won a grant of $ 17,000, that makes possible to publish the book in London, with the support of the publishing Hertfordshire Press house and present it on the London Book Fair in 2016. The award was presented by the winner of the Open Central Asia 2012 contest Galina Dolgaya (Uzbekistan).

Tolibshohi Dawlat was born on 15th of May, 1955 in the city of Kurgan-Tube. In 1982 he graduated from the special group on journalism at the Department of Philology of Tajik State University. Currently works as editor of the youth newspaper “Dzhavononi Tozhikiston”. He is also the author of social novels “Jacks without cranes” (2004), “Dagger of Genghis Khan” (2005), “Cirrus” (2007).

His work is a sincere story about migrant workers, who came to a foreign land. The author tells us migrant workers – not just people from the poorer countries, this is cheap, almost powerless, defenseless labor force. However, they are the same as any other with their problems, dreams and hopes for a better life. This almost documented true story of two Tajik immigrants move people to tears.

Unhurried, unpretentious, like a song of akin, the story confronts a question to the readers – why is this happening, why people are dying? We hope that with the advent of the book world will be a little bit better and brighter. That is why the story “Cranes in the spring,” won the Third International Literary Contest Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival.


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