"All of my books have been published
in Cyrillic. I know that within five years or so, the younger
generations will not be able to read them. Sometimes I think:
'What a pity! I've been serving this society as a scholar for
55 years but no one will be able to read my books in the future.'
"But that's all right. It's important for us to use the
Latin alphabet. A common alphabet will bring us together with
the other Turkic peoples and will give us a national identity.
The Cyrillic alphabet was imposed upon us by Soviet totalitarianism
and it was necessary to rid ourselves of it. The Latin alphabet
will return us to the direction in history that we want to go."
Kamal Abdullayev, Literary Critic and son of children's
writer Abdulla Shaig, in an interview with Azerbaijan International,
From Azerbaijan International (8.1) Spring 2000.
© Azerbaijan International 2000. All rights reserved.
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