Kazakhstan Mourns Murat Auezov – Intellectual, Diplomat, Activist and Patriot

Murat Auezov was a champion of Kazakh identity and culture under Soviet rule and threw himself into Kazakhstan’s transformation after independence in 1991. He wore many hats over a long career: writer, the new country’s first ambassador to China, opposition figure, head of the national library, chief editor of the state Kazakhfilm studio.

He expanded on the legacy of his father, Mukhtar Auezov, a playwright and novelist who translated literary classics into the Kazakh language and is celebrated today as an early contributor to an emerging national identity. His mother was Fatima Gabitova, a teacher with her own


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