Born in an ancient city in what is now Kyrgyzstan, Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek novelist and poet who was forced to leave his home in Tashkent when his writing brought him to the attention of government officials. Under threat of arrest, he moved to London and joined the BBC World Service, where he is now Head of the Central Asian Service. In addition to journalism, Ismailov is a prolific writer of poetry and prose, and his books have been published in Uzbek, Russian, French, German, Turkish, English and other languages. His work is still banned in Uzbekistan. He is the author of many novels, including Sobranie Utonchyonnyh, Le Vagabond Flamboyant, Two Lost to Life, The Railway, Hostage to Celestial Turks, Googling for Soul, The Underground, A Poet and Bin-Laden, and The Dead Lake; poetry collections including Sad (Garden) and Pustynya (Desert); and books of visual poetry including Post Faustum and Kniga Otsutstvi. He has translated Russian and Western classics into Uzbek, and Uzbek and Persian classics into Russian and several Western languages.
by Hamid Ismailov
Translated from the Russian by Carol Ermakova
"Ismailov tells a haunting tale of an Afro-Russian boy's search for love. Generous in spirit yet unsparing in its honesty, The Underground illuminates a loneliness that is as devastating as it is universal. In breathtaking prose, Ismailov reminds us again and again that even the slimmest thread of light can pierce through the darkest of days."
—Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze
“One of the best Russian novels of the 21st century.”
"Hamid Ismailov has the capacity of Salman Rushdie at his best to show the grotesque realization of history on the ground."
Paperback List Price: $16.99 • ISBN: 9781632060440 • Publication: 9/22/15 • 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" • 288 pages • Fiction: Contemporary Russian Literature / Race and Diversity • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9780989983242
by Hamid Ismailov
"It is a work of rare beauty—an utterly readable, compelling book."
—Craig Murray, New Statesman
"All picaresque exuberance, a jumble of influences from Persian to Soviet and beyond."
—Catherine Lockerbie, Sunday Herald
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