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The Dancer from Khiva: One Muslim Woman's Quest for Freedom [Paperback]

Bibish , Andrew Bromfield

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Aug. 5 2008
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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (Aug. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170507
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,633,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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