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Sales of Hegelэs books in Kazakhstan broke a record

The speech of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a meeting with business representatives made many residents of the country study the personalities of two people, writes BaigeNews.kz.

“There are people who confuse Hegel with Babel, do not have a special education, but they have a huge amount of business in the same hands,” the head of state said on January 21.


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After this statement by Tokayev, Kazakhstanis began to massively google who Georg Hegel and Isaac Babel are.


Interest in these personalities has grown not only on the Web. The Meloman book network announced an increase in sales of books authored by Hegel and Babel.


“Almaty and Nur-Sultan are our two main sales cities. Indeed, Hegel is a two-fold increase in sales this weekend compared to last weekend,” Vadim Golenko, CEO of Meloman / MARWIN, told a BaigeNews.kz correspondent.

Who are Hegel and Babel and how to distinguish them from each other. We present to our readers their short biography.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher born in 1770. He is a representative of German classical philosophy, the creator of a systematic theory of dialectics based on objective idealism.


Dialectics, according to Hegel, is “the driving soul of any scientific development of thought and is the only principle that introduces an immanent connection and necessity into the content of science.” Our world is not finite: it is constantly evolving, striving for self-knowledge. Thesis and antithesis in their synthesis give rise to a new stage of development. Controversy is the source of any progress. Each conflict gives rise to a new leap in knowledge, and this goes on ad infinitum.

Catholics disliked Hegel because of his relationship to God. Yes, and he himself did not have a special reverence for the church, especially the Catholic one. The philosopher believed that God was not a primordial constant given from above. The universal mind has evolved over time, combining a certain amount of knowledge from different eras. Hegel even had to apologize for some of his theses regarding the church and religion.

“He who does not have the courage to risk his life to achieve his freedom deserves to be a slave,” wrote the once brightest representative of German classical philosophy.

Isaac Babel is a Soviet writer, born in 1894 in Odessa. Babel is famous for his cycles of short, succinct and quotable stories about Russia during the Civil War and the life of Jewish Odessa. His books were both in favor and in disgrace, they were included in the school curriculum and removed from it.

His literary heritage includes about eighty stories, two plays - "Sunset" (1927, first staged in 1927 by director V. Fedorov on the stage of the Baku Workers' Theater) and "Maria" (1935, first staged in 1994 by director M. Levitin on the stage of the Moscow theater "Hermitage"), five screenplays, including "Wandering Stars" (1926, based on the novel of the same name by Sholom Aleichem), journalism.

“It is very difficult to write on topics that interest me, very difficult, if you want to be honest,” he wrote from Paris in 1928.

Babel began writing at the age of fifteen. For two years he wrote in French. Already in his first stories, he strove for stylistic elegance and the highest degree of artistic expression. “I take a trifle – an anecdote, a bazaar story, and make it a thing that I myself can’t tear myself away from. They will laugh at him not at all because he is cheerful, but because you always want to laugh with human luck,” he explained subsequently their creative aspirations.

In the last years of his life, the writer turned to the topic of creativity, which he interpreted as the best that a person is capable of. One of his last stories was written about this - a parable about the magical power of art "DiGrasso" (1937).


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