The Dancer From Khiva

The Dancer From Khiva

One Muslim Woman's Quest for Freedom

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
In an unflinching and candid memoir, a young Muslim woman describes growing up in a poor, deeply religious family in Uzbekistan; the gang rape at the age of eight that led to ostracism, victimization, and violence from her family and community; her dreams of pursuing a career as a dancer and raising a family; and her determination to record her life story.

Perseus Publishing
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.

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.


Blackwell North Amer
Winner of the National Bestseller and Book of the Year prizes in Russia, The Dancer from Khiva, is the unflinchingly honest, deceptively plainspoken memoir of Bibish, a Central Asian woman who came of age in a rigidly Islamic village in Uzbekistan. In a narrative that flows like a late-night confession, Bibish recounts her story. Born into an impoverished family, she was named 'Hadjarbibi' in honor of her grandfather's pilgrimage to Mecca. The holy name, however, did not protect her from unspeakable abuse at the hands of the men in her village. She knew instinctively to keep her experience a secret rather than risk further punishment, but soon her love for Uzbeki dancing - prohibited by Islamic custom - caused her to be beaten by her brothers and ostracized from her community. Dreaming of freedom, Bibish fled. The Dancer from Khiva is a testament to her fierce will and courage: the searing, fast-paced tale of a woman who risked everything to follow her dreams, break her culture's silence, and tell her shocking story.

Publisher: New York, NY : Black Cat : An imprint of Grove/Atlantic, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802170507
0802170501
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew - Translator

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Pisinga
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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