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6 popular uzbekistani books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Uzbekistan. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Gaia, Queen of Ants by Hamid Ismailov EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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From Uzbek author-in-exile Hamid Ismailov comes a dark new parable of power, corruption, fraud, and deception. Ismailov narrates an intimate clash of civilizations as he follows the lives of three expatriates living in England. Domrul is a young Turk with vague and painful memories of ethnic strife in the Uzbekistan of his childhood. His Irish girlfriend Emer struggles with her own adolescent trauma from growing up in war-torn Bosnia. Domrul is the caretaker for Gaia, the eighty-year-old, powerful wife of a Soviet party boss with a mysterious past. One of Ismailov’s few novels written in Uzbek... continue

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La historia del prodigioso Yerzhán / El lago muerto by Hamid Ismailov ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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Un hombre atraviesa en ferrocarril la infinita estepa de Kazajistán. En una de las paradas que hace el tren en un remoto apeadero sube a bordo un niño de unos doce años interpretando magistralmente al violín una de las Danzas húngaras de Brahms. Al instante, los pasajeros despiertan de su sopor. Sin embargo, muy pronto el viajero descubre que el pueril violinista es en realidad todo un hombre de veintisiete años.

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The Dancer from Khiva : One Muslim Woman's Quest for Freedom by Bibish EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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"Winner of the National Bestseller and Book of the Year prizes in Russia, The Dancer from Khiva, is the unflinchingly honest, deceptively plainspoken memoir of Bibish, a Central Asian woman who came of age in a rigidly Islamic village in Uzbekistan. In a narrative that flows like a late-night confession, Bibish recounts her story. Born into an impoverished family, she was named 'Hadjarbibi' in honor of her grandfather's pilgrimage to Mecca. The holy name, however, did not protect her from unspeakable abuse at the hands of the men in her village. She knew instinctively to keep her experience a ... continue

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The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, Andrew Bromfield EN

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Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets test atomic weapons. As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour's daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake. The radio-active water changes Yerzhan. He will never grow into a man. While the girl he loves becomes a beautiful woman.

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The Devils' Dance by Hamid Ismailov EN

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Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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Winner of the EBRD Literature Prize 2019 On New Years' Eve 1938, the writer Abdulla Qodiriy is taken from his home by the Soviet secret police and thrown into a Tashkent prison. There, to distract himself from the physical and psychological torment of beatings and mindless interrogations, he attempts to mentally reconstruct the novel he was writing at the time of his arrest - based on the tragic life of the Uzbek poet-queen Oyhon, married to three khans in succession, and living as Abdulla now does, with the threat of execution hanging over her. As he gets to know his cellmates, Abdulla discov... continue

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The Railway by Hamid Ismailov, Robert Chandler EN

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Country: Asia / Uzbekistan flag Uzbekistan
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Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, this compelling novel introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. Among those whose stories we hear are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town's alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colorful lives offer a unique and comic picture of a little-known land populated by outgoing Mullahs, incoming Bolsheviks, and a plethora of Uzbeks, Russians, Persians, Jews, Koreans, Tatars, and Gypsies. At the heart o... continue


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