"... Ismailov has that same rare skill of bringing events to life" -- Big Issue
"The Railway perfectly captures the dreamy, circling music of Hamid Ismailovs prose". -- Chandaras Choudhury, Sunday Telegraph
"extraordinary patchwork of a Russian novel" -- The Times
every strand shines
ironic, hilarious, tender...a poets novel, full of memorable descriptive passages and heart-wrenching asides. -- Independent
just drink in the novel. It is a work of rare beauty an utterly readable, compelling book" -- New Statesman
Handlers preface is a superb essay. -- Donald Rayfield, Literary Review
all picaresque exuberance, a jumble of influences from Persian to Soviet and beyond. -- The Sunday Herald, July 16th 2006
Vibrant, multi-cultural and surreal satire set in Uzbekistan in the mid-twentieth century.
Translated by Robert Chandler.