Writer and critic Safar Abdullo (since 2007, the Editor of the journal Iran-name) proposes a rare study on a prominent figure of contemporary Tajik, poet laureate Mu’min Qana‘at (Mumin Qanoat, b. 1932). The author shows interested in the latter’s treatment of national historical past in his versified chronicle “My Name Is Tajikistan (Tojikiston – ismi man, 1974).” S. Abdullo underlines Qana‘at’s utilisation of historical chronology for the reconstruction of a panoramic vision of the historical destiny of the Tajik people, through a succession of invasions and occupations. The analysis of “Avicenna’s Cradle (Gahvorai Sino, 1978)” insists on the treatment of the mediaeval scholar’s attachment to his motherland, and of his powerlessness to prevent the submission of Bukhara by the peoples of the Steppe. Unfortunately, as in a majority of studies on the history of literatures of the Soviet period in Central Asia, the author’s work has been limited to a superficial comment of his hero’s main works. No attention has been given to his milieu or to his exchanges with the academic intelligentsia ― especially with historians and historians of literature, either Tajik or Russian, with whom he commonly elaborated a vision of the collective past and identity of the Tajiks. By the way, only the part of the poet’s work that seems the more easy to be rehabilitated today, in the framework on the general discourse on the Tajik nation, has been tackled here, with lesser mention of the more “internationalist” poems of the earlier decades of Qana‘at’s career. Last, very little is said of the respective formal qualities of Qana‘at’s works and of those of authors with whom he is compared.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-5.2.B-433