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The Railway

13th May 2006

May 23, 7.15 for 7.30: reading by Hamid Ismailov & Robert Chandler
at the Pushkin Club, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London W2
Tickets £4 (concessions – £3)

“And the boy shouted, ‘Girl, I love you,’ and this time there wasn’t
anything he
was frightened of, because he knew that in the falling darkness his voice
would
not carry beyond this ploughed earth, beyond these Russian olives, beyond
this
emptiness which was by now a personal emptiness that he had himself marked
and
filled, filled so full that now he wanted to leave it alone, like
well-worked
dough that has already risen to the top of the bowl; and he began to walk
quickly back along the sleepers.”

Set in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the
inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. Their
colourful 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, Tartars and Gypsies. Rich and
picaresque, The
Railway chronicles the dramatic changes felt throughout Central Asia in
the
twentieth century. 'A work of rare beauty – an utterly readable,
compelling
book' – Craig Murray. 'A scintillating novel' – Shusha Guppy.

Hamid Ismailov, regarded as having ‘unacceptably democratic tendencies’
in
Uzbekistan, was forced to flee his homeland. He came to London in 1994 and
is
now head of the BBC Central Asia Service. The Railway is his first novel
to be
translated into English. Robert Chandler’s Russian Short Stories from
Pushkin to
Buida was published in 2005 by Penguin Classics and his co-translations
of
Andrey Platonov have won several prizes.

Best wishes
Ute

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