New Books in Tashkent – 2006

Issue #3-4 • 1078

Mavliuda Yusupova.
Half a Century of Architectural Transformation in Uzbekistan. Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries.
Tashkent 2005.

The monograph analyses town-planning and architecture of the so-called European parts of the six cities in Fergana Valley. Specifically, the author looks at the process of urban development, the typology of then new structures and their architectural style, as well as the transformation and synthesis of traditional local and imported European types of architecture, which were the origin of contemporary architecture in Uzbekistan.
In Russian language.

 

Tursunali Kuziev
Langar. Abode and People.
Toshkent 2005.

The photo-album is dedicated to people living in Langar village hidden in the mountains one hundred kilometres from the city of Shakhrisabz. For many centuries the place had kept unique Islamic relics, which, for various reasons, got scattered throughout the world. One of the ancient and rare manuscripts of Koran, Qatta Langar, has a connection to this cosy and scenic corner of our country and its monuments.
Pictures in the album reflect present-day lifestyle of people in this village. Although the famous relics are lost and many secrets of Sufi rituals and Spiritual Path are forgotten, the monuments live on and continue to delight visitors and residents whose faces are bright and open and eyes are kind, and who embody high spirituality that still inhabits the hearts and souls of our people.
In Uzbek and Russian languages.

 

B. Lunyova.
Jeweller’s Art of Northern Bactria. 1st c. B.C. – 1st c. A.D.
Tashkent 2005.

The monograph studies jewellery items, as well as sculpture, murals, coroplastic items and coins that bear images of jewellery from archaeological sites of Northern Bactria dating to the Kushan period: Dalverzintepa, Yalangushtepa, Kampyrtepa and Airtam located within upper and middle reaches of Amudarya river. The research includes the study of manufacturing technology, chemical and mineral composition of the items, and their functional purpose.
In Russian language.

 

Bakhodir Turgunov.
The Japanese. What Are They?
Tashkent 2006.

Published in Uzbek language for the first time, the work introduces readers to the culture, architecture and historical monuments of Japan, to the live of people in the Country of the Rising Sun and its nature. The author finds many commonalities in the character of Japanese and Uzbek people, in their historical past, in their sensitive attitude to traditions, in their love for land and its hidden wealth. Specific mentioning is given to the fact that both peoples are hard working and hospitable, respect theirs seniors and observe traditional customs. The author believes prospective cooperation and mutually beneficial links will facilitate further strengthening good-neighbour relations between the two countries.
In Uzbek language.

 

Irina Bogoslovskata, Larisa Levteyeva
XIX – XX Centuries Skull-caps of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent 2006.

The album introduces readers to the history and development of tyubeteika, skull-cap, one of the traditional decorative-applied arts. Looking at samples available in the extensive collection of the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as in private collections, the reader learns about different varieties and region-specific features of tyubeteika, following a complex process of evolution of this important component of traditional Uzbek costume. This is the first publication of this kind.
In Russian language.

 

Larisa Levteyeva.
The Roads We Choose.
Tashkent 2006.

The book consists of thematic chapters “Name in History”, “Science”, “Museums”, “Fine Arts”, “Applied Arts” and “People of Tashkent”, which present biographies and describe selected episodes from the life of historical personalities, scientists, culture and art workers of Uzbekistan. At different times the essays were published in periodical titles: “San’at”, “Uzbekistan Airways” and “Zvezda Vostoka” journals; “Vecherniy Tashkent”, “Pravda Vostoka”, “Narodnoye Slovo” and “Vatanparvar” newspapers. All the essays, except those included in the “Name in History” chapter, are based on personal observation of the author, interviews and conversations with people and learning about their work and activities.
In Russian language.

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