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Hamid Ismailov with Meike Ziervogel at Off the Shelf

  • Coffee Revolution - University of Sheffield Broomhall Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TG United Kingdom (map)

For the 2015 Off the Shelf festival, author Hamid Ismailov will join Peirene Press publisher Meike Ziervogel to talk about the art of translation. Copies of Ismailov's The Underground will be available!

Off the Shelf has grown into one of the largest literary festivals in the UK, attracting some of the best known names in literature and media to Sheffield each year.  The festival programme is wide ranging and offers over 200 events for all ages.

Peirene Press is an award-winning boutique London publishing house committed to first class European literature in high-quality translation. Their books are beautifully designed, and are best-sellers or award winners. Peirene only publish books of less than 200 pages that can be read in the same time it takes to watch a DVD – in the words of Metro, “highbrow escapism for the time poor.”

Founder Meike Ziervogel will be talking about Peirene as well as her work as a writer and publisher. Her first novel Magda was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize in 2013. She will be joined by Hamid Ismailov who was forced to flee from Uzbekistan in 1994 and whose novels and poetry have been translated into many languages. His new novella The Dead Lake reads like a surreal modern fairy tale and has been translated from the Russian.

In association with Forgotten Fiction and the University of Sheffield Students' Union

When: Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 – 8:30

Where: Coffee Revolution, University of Sheffield, Broomhall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S10 2TG

Tickets: £6.00

The Underground

by Hamid Ismailov

Translated from the Russian by Carol Ermakova

"Ismailov tells a haunting tale of an Afro-Russian boy's search for love. Generous in spirit yet unsparing in its honesty, The Underground illuminates a loneliness that is as devastating as it is universal. In breathtaking prose, Ismailov reminds us again and again that even the slimmest thread of light can pierce through the darkest of days." 

—Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze

“One of the best Russian novels of the 21st century.” 

Continent Magazine

"Hamid Ismailov has the capacity of Salman Rushdie at his best to show the grotesque realization of history on the ground." 

Literary Review

Book Details

Paperback List Price: $16.99 • ISBN: 9781632060440 • Publication: 9/22/15 • 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" • 288 pages • Fiction: Contemporary Russian Literature / Race and Diversity • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9780989983242

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