By Hamid Ismailov

A Poet and Bin-Laden is a unique set in important Asia on the flip of the twenty first century opposed to a swirling backdrop of Islamic fundamentalism within the Ferghana Valley and beyond.

The tale starts off at the eve of 9-11, with the narrator’s haunting description of the aircraft assault at the dual Towers as noticeable on television whereas he's on vacation in vital Asia. next chapters shift back and forth in time, yet major issues emerge: the increase of the Islamic move of Uzbekistan lower than the charismatic yet reclusive management of Tahir Yuldash and Juma Namangani; and the most personality, poet Belgi’s flow from the periphery of the circle, from the mountains of Osh, into the interior sanctum of al-Qaeda, and eventually to a gathering with Sheikh bin encumbered himself.

His trip starts off with a look for a Sufi non secular grasp and results in guerrilla battle, and it's this rigidity among a transcendental and a violent reaction to oppression, among the booklet and the bomb, that offers the unconventional its particular poignancy. alongside the best way, Ismailov presents splendidly shiny debts of ancient occasions (as witnessed by way of Belgi) akin to the siege of Kunduz, the breakout from Shebergan legal – one of those Afghan Guantanamo – and the insurgency within the Ferghana Valley.


This title has been realised by a team of the following dedicated professionals:

Translated from Russian by way of Andrew Bromfield,

Poems translated by way of Richard MacKane,

Edited via Camilla Stein,

Maxim Hodak - Максим Ходак (Publisher), 

Max Mendor - Макс Мендор (Director), 

Yana Kovalskaya.

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