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Omar Assel

Omar Assel

Omar Assel

Omar Assel (Kazakh SSR, Alma-Ata) – Russian and Kazakh writer, essayist, literary critic, candidate of philosophical sciences, PhD.

Assel Omar was born on May 29, 1973 in the capital of Kazakh SSR Alma-Ata, in the family of architects. He started publishing her works in school days, in newspapers “Druzhnye rebyata”, “Nedelya” and acted on Kazakh radio. Her grandfather Kudyshev Omargali Kudyshevich — the famous Kazakhstan journalist and the public figure, another grandfather Zhurmbek Sydykov — the geologist, the academician of Science Academy of the USSR. Assel Omar finished Almaty’s school #39 named after V.I. Lenin with the gold medal in 1990.

After leaving school Assel entered the Literary institute named after A. M. Gorky, and graduated in 1995. In 1996 she graduated from the Moscow institute on the international business of the All-Russian academy of foreign trade. After study she worked in the republican newspaper “Novoye Pokoleniye”. Her articles and the essay, literary and the film reviews, sketches and reportings in the field of political life which went beyond operating time in the newspaper reflected tendencies of formation of Post-Soviet society, in many respects transformed the Kazakhstan journalism towards freedom and independence, quite often became a subject of heated debate on the mass media pages, in the environment of the intellectuals.

Her first book of verses and prose called “Credo” was published in 1998 (ISBN 9965-425-26-4). In a forward to the book the critic N. Zharmagambetov wrote: “It is difficult not to notice bright, frankly talented poetry of Assel Omar, where courage and freedom of a verse is similar to absence of fear of height: the poet isn't afraid of the even traditionally difficult, “closed” subjects. Exact as if photographic saturated chronicles gradually foretell the tragedy of the country and people at the beginning of the XX century expressed through history of one family”. Stories and poems were published in “The collection of modern Kazakhstan prose”, “The anthology of the Kazakhstan poetry”, “Not only love”, “mass media and culture”, in the Russian and Kazakhstan literary magazines the Prostor, “Niva”, Youth, “Scene”, “Tamyr”, are translated into the French and English languages ("Missives", "Youth"), reviews - in “The literary newspaper”.

The author of books of prose “Early cold weather” (2007, ISBN 9965-18-210-8), “A blue wolf” (2009, ISBN 978-601-7208-08-0), “Tengri's Mascot” (2012, ISBN 978-9965-22-390-7), the stories which left according to the program of the Ministry of Culture and information of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the “Social and Important Types of Literature” program and including from the cycle “Tengri's Mascot”. These are the stories “Dervish and Roza”, “Two Blades”, “Wolf Heart”, “Station Timur” and another, based on an alloy stylizations of ancient turkic mythology and political history which are smoothly flowing and intertwining with mythology and history of our country in the XX century. Stories of this cycle are multilayered, created on borders of mystical realism and cryptohistory.

The story “Black Snow of December” about December events in Alma-Ata of 1986 called by A. Kodar “fear anatomy” became the existential manifesto of the generation, which is given rise in the 70th: its stylistics, intentionally chaotic, reflect chaos and turmoil of our reality which can't be transformed by means of the consciousness which is held down by fear.

Stories “Satisfaction” and “Guest worker” open modern problems of neo-capitalistic society, main of which – global loneliness of the resident of the megalopolis. Views of globalization are reflected also in speech of the author at the 42nd international conference of writers in Slovenia (2010) “Писатель и глобализация. Литературные образы” (“Writer and globalization. Literary images”).

She is the member of the Union of writers of Kazakhstan, Union of writers of Moscow, Russian PEN center, member of the Union of journalists of the USSR and Union of journalists of Moscow, Russian philosophical society. The winner of the award “Debut-97”, the winner of the literary competition “Moscow – the Territory of Peace and Harmony” in the nomination “Prose”. he is awarded by diplomas of the Government of Moscow and Assembly of the people of Russia for a contribution to culture of the city of Moscow and to friendship of the Russian people. In 2013 she is awarded by the Gold Esenin’s medal for fidelity to traditions of the Russian culture and literature. In 2002 — 2004 she studied at faculty of game cinema of the High Courses of screenwriters and directors in a workshop of Emil Lotyanu, her essay “Touch to Freedom” is devoted to him. In 2003 she became the scriptwriter and the director of short films “Game” and “Chocolate”.

In 2011 she defended the master's thesis in “philosophy history” on a subject “Experience of the individual in the context of pre-philosophy (RUDN). Problems of the historico-philosophical analysis” on material of mythology of pre-Islamic Turkic peoples”.

Assel Omar is the specialist in public relations, working in the largest developer companies, the founder of brands in the field of investment and construction activity, and also teaches discipline of “Public relations” in higher education institution.