Afag Masud - People's Writer, playwright, Honoured Art Worker, a full member of Peter's Academy of Sciences and Arts, a full member of European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Literature, Board Chair of the Azerbaijan Translation Centre, and editor-in-chief of the “Khazar” World Literature Magazine.

Born on June 3, 1957, in Baku, Azerbaijan, graduated from the Department of Journalism of Baku State University in 1979. She worked as an editor and editorial board member for Azerbaijanfilm Studio (1979-1986), and Director of Azerbaijantelefilm Studio (1986-1988). She worked as Chair of the Republican Centre of Translation and Literary Relations (1989-2014).

She was appointed Director of the Translation Centre under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with the Presidential Decree #501 dated May 16, 2014.

She was appointed Board Chair of the Azerbaijan State Translation Centre in accordance with the Presidential Decree #110 dated May 18, 2018.

She is the author of books published in Russian, English, French, German, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, to name a few.

She is the author of books, such as On the Third Floor, Saturday Night, Alone, Procession, Work, Novel, essay, short-story, Selected Works (two-volume edition), The Seal, Towards the Light, Freedom, to name a few.

She has translated into Azerbaijani a number of foreign works, such as the novels Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Web and the Rock by Thomas Wolfe, Sufi books by M. Nasifi, Al-Ghazali, Ibn Arabi, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, and other ancient Sufi writers.

She is also the author of several plays, including Near DeathHe loves MeGetting to LeaveWoman under a Train, Kerbala, and Mansur Hallaj.

Television films have been made based on her works Punishment, The Sparrows, Night, The Party, and The Death of the Rabbit.

In 2000, Sena Dogan from the University of Vienna defended her doctoral dissertation, titled “Female Writers in European Oriental Studies” on Afag Masud’s works.

Awarded with TURKSOY medal for her achievements in building literary and cultural ties across the Turkish-speaking countries, and her contribution to developing the performing arts.

She was awarded with the prize “Humay” in 1998.

The title of Honored Artist of Azerbaijan was awarded to the writer in 2003.

A winner of the International Stage Play Contest held in 2015 by Turkey's Ministry of Culture, TÜRKSOY and the Writers Union of Eurasia.

Awarded with the Shohrat Order for her contribution to the development of the translation industry in the country by order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev in 2017.

Awarded with the jubilee medal dedicated to the 100th anniversary of establishing the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan in 2019.

Awarded with the honorary title “People's Writer of Azerbaijan” by order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev in 2019 for her merits in the development of Azerbaijani culture.

Awarded with the commemorative medal “The 880th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi” in 2021. 


Books published: 

On the Third Floor. – Baku, Ganjlik, 1971

Saturday Night. – Baku, Yazichi, 1984

Saturday Night. ‒ Moscow, Sovetsky Pisatel, 1984

Reincarnation (novels and short stories). ‒ Baku, Yazichi, 1988

Alone. ‒ Baku, Ganjlik, 1992

Procession. – Baku, Azerbaijan Translation Centre, 1994

Freedom (novel, essay, short story). – Baku, Azerbaijan Translation Centre, 1997

Novel, essay, short-story. ‒ Baku, Azerbaijan Translation Centre, 1999

Work. ‒ Baku, Qanun, 2004

John Paul II (novella). ‒ Baku, Mutarjim, 2009 

The Seal. ‒ Tehran, 2011, Pinar (فک، تهران، 2011، پنار، 120 صفحه)

Selected Works (I). ‒ Baku, Elm ve Tehsil, 2012

Selected Works (II). ‒ Baku, Elm ve Tehsil, 2012

Novel-short story. ‒ Baku, Eurasia Press, 2012

Procession. ‒ Ankara, Bengu, 2015

Towards the Light. ‒ Tehran, Nohbegan, 2015 (رو به نور، تهران، نه‌بگان، 2015، 120 صفحه)

Procession. ‒ Tehran, Shurafarin, 2016 (شلوغی، تهران، 2016، شورآفرین، 80 صفحه)

Procession. ‒ Tehran, Farsar, 2016. (شلوغی، تهران، 2016، فرسار، 86 صفحه)

Selected Works. ‒ Moscow, “Khudojestvennaya literatura”, 2017

Freedom. ‒ Kyiv, “Druqe dikhaniya”, 2017

Freedom. ‒ Istanbul, Zengin Yayinchilik, 2018

Practical Spelling Dictionary of the Azerbaijani Language. ‒ Baku, 2018

Saturday Night and other short stories (ليلة السبت و قصص اخري). ‒ Cairo, 2018 (المركز القومى للترجمة، القاهرة)

Freedom (“თავისუფლება”). ‒ Merani, 2019 („მერანი”, ქალაქი თბილისი)

Freedom  (“Szabadulas”). ‒ Hungary, 2020

Spelling Dictionary of the Azerbaijani Language. ‒ Baku, 2020

John Paul II. ‒ Iran, Parlaq Kalam, 2022


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