A Poet and Bin-Laden: A Reality Novel (1) by Hamid Ismailov

By Hamid Ismailov

A Poet and Bin-Laden is a singular set in vital 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 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 significant Asia. next chapters shift back and forth in time, yet major topics emerge: the increase of the Islamic flow of Uzbekistan less than the charismatic yet reclusive management of Tahir Yuldash and Juma Namangani; and the most personality, poet Belgi’s move from the periphery of the circle, from the mountains of Osh, into the interior sanctum of al-Qaeda, and finally to a gathering with Sheikh bin weighted down himself.

His trip starts off with a look for a Sufi religious grasp and leads to guerrilla war, and it truly is this stress among a transcendental and a violent reaction to oppression, among the ebook and the bomb, that offers the radical its particular poignancy. alongside the best way, Ismailov presents splendidly vibrant money owed of ancient occasions (as witnessed by way of Belgi) resembling the siege of Kunduz, the breakout from Shebergan criminal – a type of Afghan Guantanamo – and the insurgency within the Ferghana Valley.

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

Translated from Russian by means of Andrew Bromfield,

Poems translated by means of Richard MacKane,

Edited via Camilla Stein,

Maxim Hodak - Максим Ходак (Publisher), 

Max Mendor - Макс Мендор (Director), 

Yana Kovalskaya.

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