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Burning Books: Akram Aylisli, Literature, and Human Rights in Today's Azerbaijan
This event has been rescheduled for December 4, 2020, at 12:00pm EST.

Due to the current political situation in Azerbaijan, it is not possible for Akram Aylisli to join the program “Burning Books: Akram Aylisli, Literature, and Human Rights in Today’s Azerbaijan” originally scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2020. Because the organizers believe that hearing Akram Aylisli’s voice is critical to this discussion, the event has been rescheduled for December 4, 2020, at 12:00 EST.

Please join us for a discussion of the work of Akram Aylisli, author of "Farewell Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works" (Academic Studies Press, 2018), with translator Katherine E. Young and journalist Alex Raufoglu. This event is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.

The three novellas of Farewell, Aylis take place over decades of transition in a country that rather resembles modern-day Azerbaijan. In Yemen, a Soviet traveler takes an afternoon stroll and finds himself suspected of defecting to America. In Stone Dreams, an actor explores the limits of one man’s ability to live a moral life amid conditions of sociopolitical upheaval, ethnic cleansing, and petty professional intrigue. In A Fantastical Traffic Jam, those who serve the aging leader of a corrupt, oil-rich country scheme to stay alive. Farewell, Aylis, a new essay by the author that reflects on the political firestorm surrounding these novellas and his current situation as a prisoner of conscience in Azerbaijan, was commissioned especially for this Academic Studies Press edition.

This event is also offered as a YouTube Live stream here: https://youtu.be/ysI3OmrE2do

Dec 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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