The barber’s book
Yuri Lishkat was executed yesterday in the morning. After the execution, he was cremated. He, and his life’s work, became ashes.
Lishkat wrote full books in prison, without pen, without paper, without a computer. He was blind but he understood many languages. He wrote stories in his hair and beard. He formed symbols and words with his hair strands by making simple, double and triple knots, with variable spaces in between them, which served as punctuation and sometimes to change the meaning of a phrase or word. He could read very quickly with his fingers. The knots represented consonants. The vowels weren’t necessary because the words would get their meaning from context. Sometimes one symbol represented a whole word, or even a full sentence.
Lishkat shared his cell for more than a year with the barber Raul Navade (who was executed last year) and wrote down several stories that Navade...
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