Hamid Ismailov

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Read Russia, founded in 2012, is an initiative based in Moscow, New York, and London to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture through innovative programmes and projects. Supporting the...Read Russia, founded in 2012, is an initiative based in Moscow, New York, and London to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture through innovative programmes and projects. Supporting the translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia provides international audiences with fresh opportunities to engage - in person, on screen, and online - with Russia's leading literary figures and heritage. Support for Read Russia comes from Russia’s Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication, the Institute of Translation, the Yeltsin Centre, and other foundations and philanthropists. More

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Hamid Ismailov

Hamid Ismailov was born into a deeply religious Uzbek family of Mullahs and Khodjas living in Kyrgyzstan, many of whom had lost their lives during the Stalin era persecution. Yet he had received an exemplary Soviet education, graduating with distinction from both his secondary school and military college, as well as attaining university degrees in a number of disciplines. Though he could have become a high-flying Soviet or post-Soviet apparatchik, instead his fate led him to become a dissident writer and poet residing in the West. He was the BBC World Service first Writer in Residence. Critics have compared his books to the best of Russian classics, Sufi parables and works of Western post-modernism. While his writing reflects all of these and many other strands, it is his unique intercultural experience that excites and draws the reader into his world.

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