Camel from Kyzylkum
Camel from Kyzylkum

Camel from Kyzylkum is an award-winning memoir about the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey of immigrating from the Soviet Union in the late twentieth century. It touches on the themes of hope, struggle, family, and loss, while highlighting the compelling desire for people to focus on freedom and self-determination. Readers will gain a better understanding of how much work and risk people will endure reaching for a better life.

Travel from Ukraine to the Kyzylkum Desert of Uzbekistan, from the Soviet Union to Austria, then Italy, and eventually America, all while following the author’s journey to find her truth and future.

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  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • Adult
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Camel From Kyzylkum is a memoir by Lara Gelya that narrates the life experiences of Lara from her childhood to her aging years. Starting from her childhood, Lara tells us about her background, parents, and experience. As a little girl living in Ukraine, she explains her religion and what it felt like to be a Jew in the Soviet Union. She got married at an early age and gave birth to a daughter she named Natasha.

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