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Who is Abdulla Sawut

Abdulla Sawut

The famous writer and poet Abdulla Sawut was born in Aktu county, Ujma village in April 1950. From 1956-1966 he studied at elementary and middle school, and from 1972-1974 he studied at a teachers’ school and learned about the education system. After graduating he worked in the education system in Aktu county.

In 1973 his poem, “The day when we find our luck” was published in Kizilsu newspaper and this was one of his first poems to be published. When he first started writing, he used “volunteer” as his middle name in his writing journey. From 1988-1995 he became a professional member of the Xinjiang writers association. Since 1980 he has used the Piroza style and written five novels, such as, “lightening” in 1987, “bloody shore” in 1986, “Unfinished Satirlar”, “Life chain’’, “stars fairytale”. He also wrote “Love is not blind” in 1993, “Give me a permission” in 1990, “Undecayed sword” in 1999, “Stony wind” in 1985, “Black eyes” and “Bloody shore” in 1986 with his other writer coworkers. Moreover, he wrote 16 story collections, such as, “Frozen the sun on the sky”, “Orphan’s tear”, “oh smells”, “When the secret revealed”, “Shaykh Fire” and “Shirak”. He also wrote a poetry collection called “Wedding in my Town” with Yasinjan Omar in 1983.

Writer Abdulla Sawut’s other writings were selected as Xinjiang writers’ valuable collections and six sectional collections were published. He was also nominated for the 17th Tangri Tag Literacy award.

The great and talented Uyghur writer, poet Abdulla Sawut got arrested because of his writings in 2017. He got released due to really sick. He lost his life during the inhuman quarantine and lack of medical treatment in December 2022.

Translated by Turnisa Matsedik-Qira

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His some books listed on the internet:

Abdullah Sawut Books


Unfinished Satirlar
Unfinished Satirlar



Some of his articles published on various magazines