Shamshad Abdullaev

Shamshad Abdullaev (b. 1957) is the leading poet of the so-called “Fergana School” (for its “manifesto,” see MPT). Abdullaev has been awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for his poetry (1994), the annual prize of the journal Znamia for his prose writings (1998), and the Russian Prize of the Boris Yeltsin Center (2006; also short-listed in 2014). He was the last poetry editor of the old thick journal Zvezda Vostoka, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (closed in 1994). Other translations of Abdullaev’s work by Alex Cigale have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Literary Imagination, The Manhattan Review, and St. Petersburg Review. Also, a poem in the translation of Valzhyna Mort in Two Lines, and a story, in the translation of Vitaly Chernetsky, in the St. Petersburg Review.