(full name, Ibragim Zarifovich Mingazeev). Born Jan. 22 (Feb. 4), 1907, in the village of Starye Karamaly, Kamskoe Ust’e Raion, Tatar ASSR; died Feb. 20, 1971, in Kazan. Soviet Tatar author. Became a member of the CPSU in 1927.
Gazi came from a peasant family. He participated in the Great Patriotic War. The themes of his short stories and novellas deal principally with the life of Tatar working-class youth and the kolkhoz village (“The Finger,” 1930; “Silvery Nurminka,” 1931; “The Girl Brigade Leader,” 1932; “Katia Sorokina,” 1938-39; and “The Apple Trees Are in Bloom,” 1951). Gazi is the author of the novellas They Were Three (1945), about the heroic exploits of Soviet scouts during the war, and We’ll Meet Again (1947). His most popular works include the trilogy The Unforgettable Years (books 1-3, 1949-66), about the establishment of Soviet power in the Volga Region, and the novel Ordinary People (1955; Russian translation, Near the City of Kazan, 1957), about the lives of oil workers. Gazi was chairman of the board of the Writers’ Union of Tataria from 1967 to 1971 and secretary of the board of the Writers’ Union of the RSFSR from 1970 to 1971. In addition to medals, he was awarded three orders.
WORKSGazi, Ibray. Omïtïlmas ellar. Kazan, 1964.
In Russian translation:
Khleb, vintovka, i liubov’. Kazan, 1967.
REFERENCESSafuanov, S. Ibrahim Gazi. Kazan, 1968.
M. KH. GAINULLIN