To Hell With Poets

Baqytgul Sarmekova


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Tilted Axis Press
28 March 2024
ISBN: 9781911284987
112 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Mirgul Kali

Winner, 2023 English PEN Translates Award

The first English-language collection from the rising star of a new generation of Kazakh writers.

Vivid, hilarious and unsettling, the tragicomic characters of To Hell with Poets reflect the inner discord of the modern Kazakh. The stories move between the city and the aul, postsocialist and capitalist worlds, tradition and modernity. Incisive and unapologetic, Sarmekova refuses to hold back, offering a sharp and honest rendering of daily life in Kazakhstan.