Last Friday, Restless Books teamed up with the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends committee, Karloff Restaurant in Cobble Hill, and two wonderful writers, Hamid Ismailov and Boris Fishman, for a truly remarkable evening. Fueled by a splendid multi-course meal (and a an exotic flight of infused vodkas), the authors and the crowd discussed Russian literature and ideas, and ideas and literature in Russia. Friends were made, food was shared, and a wonderful time was had by all! Be sure to check out Ismailov's fantastic novel The Underground (now available in print!) to see what the fuss was all about.
Ismailov, author of two novels from Restless Books—The Underground and The Railway (coming spring 2015)—was driven from his native Uzbekistan for his “unacceptably democratic tendencies.” Fishman is the acclaimed author of the novel A Replacement Life and editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier.