Photo: IV Eurasian Literary Festival of Festivals in Baku. Olzhas Suleimenov (left)
Today, April 23, is a World Book and Copyright Day. The Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly values the importance of the book, which is a repository of the rich mankind experience.
In connection with the holiday, Margarita Al, the Chairman of the Literary Council of writers and readers of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, addressed the members and partners of the Assembly, quoting the famous poet, member of the General Council Presidium of the Assembly Olzhas Suleimenov:
- Dear friends and colleagues, on behalf of the Council of writers and readers of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly I congratulate you on the International Book Day.
Book day is truly a celebration of the unity of writers and readers; it is a day when the reader can thank their favorite writer, and the writer pay tribute to the readers who trusted his knowledge and imagination.
The importance of the book is unquestionable. This is a memory of the past, a bridge to the future and support in the present.
Books are the greatest means of spreading knowledge, the most reliable way to preserve it.
The book is the most powerful symbol of humanity and a sign that distinguishes a person.
What will our future be like? What will the future man be like? These issues were the subject of seven round tables at the IV Eurasian Literary Festival of Festivals in Baku, where writers from 52 countries shared their vision and wishes.
Olzhas Suleimenov, one of the outstanding poets and thinkers of our time, reminded everyone of the importance of the book and of the guilt towards the book, which was thrown into the market as a commodity to compete with oil and gas; but still the book will survive and will be in demand for generations, and the man of the future will be a reader.
“People are divided into two categories - those who read the book and those who listen to those who read” Bernard Werber.
“No amount of wealth can outbid the influence of a published thought. No power, no government can resist the all-destructive action of the typographic projectile. Respect the class of writers... “(Alexander Pushkin).
“A room without a book is like a body without a soul” (Cicero).
“When it comes to books and friends, it is best to have only a few but all good ones.”(Guillaume Musso).
“You can upload all the books to your IPad, but the smell of the book is lost. It is necessary that the pages rustle, not the mouse clicks” (Nikita Mikhalkov).
“Love the book; it makes your life easier, it friendly helps to understand the colorful and turbulent confusion of thoughts, feelings, events, it will teach you to respect the person and ourselves, it inspires the mind and heart by a sense of love for the world, for humanity” (Maxim Gorky).
“Books enlighten the soul, raise and strengthen a person, awaken the best aspirations in him, sharpen his mind and soften his heart” (William Thackeray)