Homage to Nazim Hikmet


Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for example —
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Nazim Hikmet,
“On Living,” 1947

Nazim Hikmet, the most celebrated Turkish poet and communist, was born on 20 November 1901. Read his poems at the Nazim Hikmet Ran Archive and NazimHikmetRan.com (edited by Memet Fuat). You may listen to Hikmet reading some of his poems at the website of the International Institute of Social History.

To commemorate his birth, MRZine.org presents a painting in homage to Nazim Hikmet, by Adil Rustamov, an Azerbaijan artist.

Nazim Hikmet, by Adil Rustamov

This image of the painting is kindly made available to us by AZgallery.org, which represents 170 Azerbaijani artists. Visit the gallery and explore their works.