From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Sabit Mukanov was born in 1900 in Tauzar Volost of Akmola Gubernia (now North Kazakhstan Province). He was born into a family of cattle ranchers and took part in the civil war from 1918-1920. He studied in the Institute of Red Professorship from 1930 to 1935. Mukanov's earliest novels were Son of Bai (1928), Pure Love (1931), and Temirtas (Iron Stone) (1935).
He is the author of several novels, such as Botagoz, Syrdaria, and the autobiographical trilogy School of life. Mukanov has studied the history and theory of literature, especially Kazakh literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the works of Kazakh prose writers and poets Saken Seifullin, Mukhtar Auezov, Tair Zharokov, and Abdilda Tazhibayev. He also researched the scientific and literary heritage of Shokan Ualikhanov and Abay Qunanbayuli and was the first to expound the life and works of the great Kazakh poet Zhambyl Zhabayev. In 1974 his ethnographic work "National Heritage" was published posthumously, which included research about ancient folk traditions, shezhire, the economy and life of pre-revolutionary Kazakhs, and their material and spiritual life.
Premium of Academy of Science of Kazakh SSR named after Shokan Ualikhanov (1966)
State premium of Kazakh SSR named after Abay Qunanbayuli
Lenin Award (twice)
Labor Red Standard award (twice)
Symbol of Honour award