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The Railway (Paperback)

Author: Ismailov, Hamid

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Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, this compelling novel introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. Among those whose stories we hear are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town''s alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colorful 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, Tatars, and Gypsies. At the heart of both the town and the novel stands the railway station--a source of income and influence, and a connection to the greater world beyond the town. Rich and picaresque, "The Railway" is highly sophisticated yet contains a naive delight in its storytelling, chronicling the dramatic changes felt throughout Central Asia in the early 20th century.

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Publisher Trafalgar Square
Mfg Part# 9780099466130
SKU 206839180
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0099466139
Release Date 6/1/2008
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0307
Publisher Vintage Books USA
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