Uzbek Writer Hamid Ismailov to Read at UC Berkeley

Uzbek Writer Hamid Ismailov is currently touring the United States! Search for events in your city, or join us for UC Berkeley's public reading and Q&A (in-person or on Youtube).

Hamid Ismailov: Readings with Strangers

Thursday April 21, 4-6pm

Heyns Room, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

The discussion will be moderated by Sabrina Jaszi and Edward Tyerman (Slavic). A reception will follow on the Heyns Room patio.

We encourage attendance in person, but the event will also be streamed on YouTube:

Hamid Ismailov is one of the most prominent contemporary Central Asian writers. His numerous works of poetry and prose in Uzbek and Russian include The Railway, The Underground, and The Dead Lake. His novel The Devils’ Dance, winner of the 2019 EBRD Literature Prize, forms a trilogy with Of Strangers and Bees and his newest work, Manaschi.

Born in 1954 in the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic, Ismailov was forced to flee Uzbekistan soon after its independence from the Soviet Union, due to what the state dubbed “unacceptable democratic tendencies.” He emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he worked for 25 years with the BBC. In addition to his work as an author and journalist, Ismailov has translated Russian and Western literature into Uzbek, and Uzbek and Persian literature into Russian and several Western languages. His own works have been translated into French, German, Turkish, English, and other languages. He has spoken out publicly about censorship and repression in Uzbekistan, where his works remain unpublished.