Shahzoda Samarqandi

Shahzoda Samarqandi

Shahzoda Samarqandi

Shahzoda Samarqandi (Nazarova) was born in 1975 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Soviet Union) is a young Tajik writer, poet and journalist.

She is one of the founders of the first Tajik TV program “Chashme Del” (1998) in Samarkand after the collapse of Soviet Union. Nazarova published two Persian novels: “Syndrome Stockholm” by “Khavaran” in Paris, 2011 (Second edition was published in 2012 by H&S Media) and “Motherland” (Zamine Madaran) London, in 2013 by “H&S Media”. Motherland has been translated into Cyrillic and Arabic scripts.

Nazarova in addition published three collections of her poems: “Sabre Sang” (patient as stone) 1998, “Esyaane Rooh” (The spirit of rebellion) in 1999 and “Dar Saayae Safar” (In the Shadow of Travel) in 2004, in Samarkand.

Reception of “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Motherland”

Her novel “Stockholm Syndrome” was received positively by Tajik, Iranian and Afghan intellectuals, but this was not the case with ordinary readers within the Persian speaking audience. Nazarova’s bluntness about sexuality and her harsh statements about the equality of men and women in daily life was received as shocking for many conservative media, especially in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Although “Stockholm Syndrome” was published in the Tajikistan National Union Literary magazine “Sadaye Sharq” without censorship, none of her work is allowed to be published in her homeland Uzbekistan.

Freedom of Expressions: Checking the Global Pulse
21 Feb, 19:30 – 22:00
Theatre,  Het Koorenhuis