The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas

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Dmitry Chen
Liv Bliss


The first book in Russia's acclaimed Silk Road Trilogy, available in English for the first time, is full of mystery, memorable characters, and nonstop adventure.

In the heart of the world, where empires collide, Nanidat Maniakh, a dashing trader, is enjoying the good life as head of a powerful silk dynasty. Yet Fate has other plans: Nanidat's world is suddenly torn asunder by murder and revolution, and the fate of his homeland hangs in the balance. Overnight, this able merchant must become a cunning warrior and spy, while eluding assassins, negotiating with kings, and pursuing a long-lost love.

This thrilling and rich historical thriller, set in 749 C.E. – in the part of the world we now know as Iran, Iraq and Central Asia – vividly recreates a lost world, yet its passions and conflicts are entirely relevant to the present day.

Noteworthy aside: The translation and production of this exciting new novel was enabled by a successful Kickstarter campaign that turned the prevailing publishing paradigm upside down. You can read more about the project here.

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About the Author

DMITRY CHEN is a pen name – in the honored tradition stretching from Orwell to Le Carre to Bachman – for a Russian author who has been observing and writing about Asia for more than 30 years. He has published seven novels (and some short stories), mostly spy thrillers, some of them positively medieval. His Silk Road Trilogy was immensely popular in Russia and earned him a reputation as the most foreign writer in contemporary Russian literature.

About the Translator

LIV BLISS began her translation career in Moscow, with Progress Publishers and Novosti Press Agency, in the late 1970s and has been a happy freelance translator, editor, and language consultant ever since. She has an American Translators Association certification in Russian to English translation, and is on the editorial board ofSlavFile, the ATA’s Slavic Languages Division newsletter. She lives in the White Mountains of Arizona with her husband, Jim, and an assortment of far wilder creatures. Her translation of Godsdoom; the Book of Hagen, by Nick Perumov, was published by Zumaya Publications in 2007.

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