İsrail Saparbay
He was born in 1942 in Kusrabat village of Semerkand in Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Teachers Institute’s Philology Department in 1969. Between 1970-1983 he worked at South Kazakhstan Regional Directorate for Culture, at the regional newspaper of South Kazakhstan and at the Kazakhstan Writers Union. He moved to Almaty in 1983. He also took up responsibilities in the publishing housed of “Jalin” and “Jazusi”, “Kazakh Literature” newspaper and “Kazaktelefilm” studio. Between 1998 and 1999, he served as a diplomat at the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Uzbek Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. During 2001 and 2002 he oversaw the religious and spiritual magazine called “İman-Faith” published by the Kazakhstan Muslims’ Directorate of Religious Affairs. Between the years 2005 and 2007 he served as a literary consultant at the Kazakh State Academy Drama Theatre called Muhtar Auezov.

I love my country!

I love my country!
Yes, I love it!
Its slanted rocks,
And its pavements.
I love it with the blood of my pen, the ink
Flowing alongside with my tears.

I love its roads, mountains and waters,
Its corals, the breeze of the sea.
I love the Moon on the sky, the necklace of the stars.
Oceans and all sorts of creatures in the legend!

I love it!
My friends, the ones who gather their brows,
Even I feel saddened.
I love all my sadness,
Melancholic songs – my poetry –
Smile of my fate at me…

I love it!
There is no reason not to love,
I would like to go to the door of the house,
Going through the rose garden,
I would like to go for a dance night.

I love everything about it,
Its elderly, youth
Its villages, towns,
My heart sits always at one corner of it,
Every part of my village is very nice…
I love my country!