Gaia, Queen of Ants - Middle East Literature In Translation (Paperback)
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Gaia, Queen of Ants - Middle East Literature In Translation (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/11/2019
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From Uzbek author-in-exile Hamid Ismailov comes a dark new parable of power, corruption, fraud, and deception. Ismailov narrates an intimate clash of civilizations as he follows the lives of three expatriates living in England. Domrul is a young Turk with vague and painful memories of ethnic strife in the Uzbekistan of his childhood. His Irish girlfriend Emer struggles with her own adolescent trauma from growing up in war-torn Bosnia. Domrul is the caretaker for Gaia, the eighty-year-old, powerful wife of a Soviet party boss with a mysterious past.

One of Ismailov's few novels written in Uzbek, Gaia, Queen of Ants offers a rare portrait of a complex and little-known part of the world. A plot centered on political corruption and ethnic conflict is punctuated with Sufi philosophy and religious gullibility. As Ismailov's characters grapple with questions of faith, power, sex, and family, Gaia, Queen of Ants presents a moving tale of universal themes set against a Central Asian backdrop in the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815611158
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An excellent translation. . . . This is a fascinating novel from a part of the world that remains off the global literary map.--Adeeb Khalid, Carleton College
Fairweather-Vega's seamlessly fluid prose in no way interferes with the transmission of the tale, and surpasses a merely competent transcription with its genuine flourishes of English lyricism.--Alexander Cigale, City University of New York, Queens College
The cast of characters is charming, from the elderly emigrants from the former Soviet now living in Britain, to the artists and holy men of Central Asia. Gala is deliciously manipulative but her own history as a young woman also evokes some sympathy for her.--Bruce Pannier, senior correspondent, Radio Free Europe

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