Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works

Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works


Akram Aylisli
Translated by Katherine E. Young

Series: Central Asian Literatures in Translation
ISBN: 9781618117946 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 520 pp.
Publication Date: November 2018


The three novellas of Farewell, Aylis take place over decades of transition in a country that rather resembles modern-day Azerbaijan. In Yemen, a Soviet traveler takes an afternoon stroll and finds himself suspected of defecting to America. In Stone Dreams, an actor explores the limits of one man’s ability to live a moral life amid conditions of sociopolitical upheaval, ethnic cleansing, and petty professional intrigue. In A Fantastical Traffic Jam, those who serve the aging leader of a corrupt, oil-rich country scheme to stay alive. Farewell, Aylis, a new essay by the author that reflects on the political firestorm surrounding these novellas and his current situation as a prisoner of conscience in Azerbaijan, was commissioned especially for this Academic Studies Press edition.

Akram Aylisli is an Azeri writer, playwright, novelist, and editor. His works have been translated from his native Azeri into more than 20 languages. In 2014 Aylisli was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in connection with his novella Stone Dreams; he currently lives under house arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards and poet laureate of Arlington, VA. Young translated Two Poems by Inna Kabysh; her translations of Russian and Russophone poets have won national and international awards, including a 2017 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.