Born in 1954 in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan, Dr. Hamid Ismailov is a Uzbek journalist and writer. He was forced to leave Uzbekistan in 1992 due to what the state dubbed ‘unacceptable democratic tendencies’. He came to the United Kingdom, where he took a job with the BBC World Service, where he worked for 25 years. In addition to journalism, Ismailov is a prolific writer of poetry and prose, and his books have been published in Uzbek, Russian, French, German, Turkish, English and other languages. His work is still banned in Uzbekistan. He is the author of many novels, including The Railway, Hostage to Celestial Turks, Googling for Soul, The Underground, A Poet and Bin-Laden, Manaschi, and The Devil Dance. He has translated Russian and Western classics into Uzbek and Uzbek and Persian classics into Russian and several Western languages.In this conversation, he spoke about the process of writing, Translations, the culture of central Asia, and his recent novel ‘Manaschi’.
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