Reading Dostoyevsky in English: A Who Dunnit in Khorog, Tajikistan

  • Brook Bolander

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Period29 May 2014

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  • TitleReading Dostoyevsky in English: A Who Dunnit in Khorog, Tajikistan
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCentral Eurasian Scholars & Media Inititative
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionYou meet people in Khorog who read Dostoyevsky in English, and others who barely speak a word of English. Nestled in Tajikistan’s Pamir mountains, just over 2000 metres above sea level, the city of Khorog is home to a population of approximately 30,000 people, the majority of whom are native speakers of Shugni. Other predominant languages are Tajik and Russian, both of which used to be official languages. Yet since Tajik was made the country’s sole official language through President Emomali Rahmon’s 2009 law “On the state language of the Republic of Tajikistan”, it has been gaining ground at the expense of Russian, at least in official institutions.
    Producer/AuthorBrook Bolander
    PersonsBrook Bolander