Hamid Ismailov


1954 –


Who is Hamid Ismailov?

Hamid Ismailov ""Хамид Исмайлов" " is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 and came to the United Kingdom, where he took a job with the BBC World Service. His works are banned in Uzbekistan. He published dozens of books in Uzbek, Russian language, French, German, Turkish and other languages. Among them books of poetry: "Сад", "Пустыня", of visual poetry: "Post Faustum", "Книга Отсутстви", novels "Собрание Утончённых", "Le Vagabond Flamboyant", "Hay-ibn-Yakzan", "Hostage to Celestial Turks", "Дорога к смерти больше чем смерть" and many others. He translated Russian and Western classics into Uzbek, and Uzbek and Persian classics into Russian and some Western languages.

Ismailov's novel "The Railway", originally written before he left Uzbekistan, was the first to be translated into English, by Robert Chandler, and was published in 2006. A Russian edition was published in Moscow in 1997. Another novel "A Poet and Bin-Laden", translated by Andrew Bromfield, was published in September 2012. His triptych, the novels "The Underground"

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