Dance of Devils , Jinlar Bazmi ( Uzbek language, Uzbek tili ) [Kindle Edition]
Abdulhamid Ismoil (Author), Hamid Ismailov (Foreword)

‘Dance of Devils’ is a novel about the life of a great Uzbek writer Abdulla Qadyri (incidentally, ‘Dance of Devils’ is the name of one of his earliest short stories). In 1937, Qadyri was going to write a novel, which he said was to make his readers to stop reading his iconic novels “Days Bygone” and “Scorpion from the altar,” so beautiful it would have been. The novel would’ve told about a certain maid, who became a wife of three Khans – a kind of Uzbek Helen of Troy. He told everyone: “I will sit down this winter and finish this novel – I have done my preparatory work, it remains only to write. Then people will stop reading my previous books”. He began writing this novel, but on the December 31, 1937 he was arrested. All manuscripts were confiscated and later burnt. Not a single word was left of the novel. On the October 4, 1938, Qadyri was executed by firing squad, along with Chulpan, Fitrat and many other prominent figures of Uzbek culture…
This novel is about that particular period; when Qadyri – an arrested writer, is in prison and obsessed with his novel which reflects both his prison life and his literature. ‘Dance of Devils’ is about this unwritten novel, which goes on in the mind of the writer. Qadyri, once said that when he was busy writing a novel, nothing else could distract him, as if his very own work possessed him.
The novel takes place in a prison environment: where people who are imprisoned alongside him are not only participants but also co-authors of his novel. This Hellenic woman: Oyhon-poshsha, who was firstly forced to marry Kokand Khan Umarkhan (poet Amiri, who was the husband of the poetess Nadira), then (after his sudden death) re-marry his son Madamin, and eventually captured by Amir of Bukhara Nasrullahan, becomes a symbol of Qadyri’s own literature, as beautiful as also betrayed.

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