A recently published, fictionalized account of life in an Uzbek prison aims to promote a change in the way the West interacts with Uzbekistan. The book is evocative of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s classic novella, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a work that helped launch the process that culminated in 1975 Helsinki Accords.
The new 242-page novel, titled In the Zone, Uz: Book One, For Those Who Love Freedom (В зоне UZ: Книга первая. Для тех кто свободу любит) follows a prisoner called Serzh Ivakov as he endures arbitrary abuse in captivity. In the eyes author Evgeni Dyakonov, the work serves as an indictment of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian political system, which is presided over by President Islam Karimov.
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Zone, Uz: Book One book, published in Germany by the Düsseldorf-based publisher Za-Za Verlag.