The Dancer From Khiva

The Dancer From Khiva

One Muslim Woman's Quest for Freedom

Book - 2008
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An unflinchingly honest memoir, The Dancer from Khiva is a true story that offers remarkable insights into Central Asian culture through the harrowing experiences of a young girl.

In a narrative that flows like a late-night confession, Bibish recounts her story. Born to an impoverished family in a deeply religious village in Uzbekistan, Bibish was named "Hadjarbibi" in honor of her grandfather's hadj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. But the holy name did not protect her from being gang-raped at the age of eight and left for dead in the desert. Bibish's tenacity helped her survive, but in the coming years, that same tough-spiritedness caused her to be beaten, victimized, and ostracized from her family and community. Despite the seeming hopelessness of being a woman in such a cruelly patriarchal society, Bibish secretly cultivated her own dreams--of dancing, of raising a family, and of telling her story to the world.

The product of incredible resilience and spirit, The Dancer from Khiva is a harrowing, clear-eyed dispatch from a land where thousands of such stories have been silenced. It is a testament to Bibish's fierce will and courage: the searing, fast-paced tale of a woman who risked everything.
Publisher: New York, NY : Black Cat : An imprint of Grove/Atlantic, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802170507
Branch Call Number: 958.7086914 B581B
958.7086914 B581Zb, 2008
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew


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Feb 04, 2016

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, millions of people both in Russia and in other former republics lived on the verge of absolute poverty. And each tried to survive as best he could. Including Russians themselves. Despite all the difficulties, precisely it is the people of Russian nationality, helped to author of the book to survive after moving to Russia. But after all this, she dedicated this book to her American friend, who helped her only with the publication of the book, well, as well as with recording on cassettes. It is kind of lack of nobility from part of Bibish, the author of the book.
This kind of autobiography can write almost every one of us. In every life there are joy and sorrow, grief and happiness. From a literary point of view - this book does not represent anything notorious. And there are a lot of falsehood, fiction, urban legends and anecdotes. It describes life in some former Soviet republics, during the soviet and post soviet time. In native republic of author, Uzbekistan, predominant religion was Islam. But the focus is not on religion, but on the specific local traditions and customs.
This book was perceived ambiguously in Russia. Despite the awards, many critics and the reading public simply did not perceived it as worthy of publication.
In the course of reading, does not cease to be surprised - by naivety of the author - naive, bordering on stupidity, including her adult years. She has begun her independent life with stealing from her father all his cash savings, which he put off for a long time, to maintain a large family.


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