Cancelled - Shelley Fairweather-Vega
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This evening, Seattle freelance translator Shelley Fairweather-Vega reads from and discusses her English translation of a novel written in Uzbek by author-in-exile Hamid Ismailov. Gaia, Queen of Ants (Syracuse University Press) is the story of three expatriates living in England: a Turk still traumatized by his memories of ethnic strife in Uzbekistan, his Irish girlfriend with roots in war-torn Bosnia and the eighty-year-old wife of a Soviet party boss.
Novelist and poet Hamid Ismailov is a journalist and project manager with the BBC World Service and now lives in London. Published in Uzbek, Russian, French, German, Turkish, English and other languages, his body of work includes many novels, including The Railway, and The Underground. “Reading Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov's latest novel, Gaia, Queen of Ants, translated by Shelley Fairweather--Vega, is like falling head first into a cauldron filled with a rich blend of mythology, Sufi fables, politics, various cultures and humour.”--The National.