Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Visiting The House Of Russian Writer Sergey Borodin

Another day in Tashkent, another writer's house to visit. How about Sergey Borodin? Born: 1902, Moscow. A childhood in Belyaev. Most famous for writing the historical works, "Dmitry Donskoi" and "The Stars Over Samarkand." Moved to Tashkent in 1951 and died at his home in 1974. The End.

Big Dining Room, perhaps also used as the Living Room.

Room for endless tchotchkes. In the library, taking the phrase, "shot of whiskey," to its literal end.

The cozy library.

Writing study. The daily paper calendar, stuck on June 22, 1974, the day Borodin died.

In the front courtyard is a statue of Borodin. At least the upper section.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

The House Of The Poet G'afur G'ulom

You've read his great works, Shum Bola and Yodgor. No? Neither have James and Sarah. But visited his grand house, now a museum? Yes!

Uzbekistan is big on preserving the homes of great writers, poets, politicians, leaders, anyone who left behind a perfectly good apartment crammed with books and knick knacks. The houses are a great conduit to the country's past. 

G'ulom's downstairs study. Various implements for high achieving child education stuffed into the room: chess set, globe, music stand, writing desk. Get to work, comrade child.

Family photographs and the music room.

One of several rooms with a writing desk for G'ulom. The desks are scattered throughout the house like ash trays.

Tools of production. Loving the big pipe stand and the Russian typewriter in a bag.

Another room, another desk. Study? Den? Library?

Room details of a sculpture and artwork in a bookcase and a portrait of the poet.

Bedroom, looking a little like an Uzbek version of the bedroom set on the sitcom Lucy. Why settle for a couple of tomes on a nightstand when you can have a whole bookcase of treasures within reach?