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Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana

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Desperate to escape South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. So she headed to Russia looking for some excitement—commencing what would become a four-year, twelve-nation Communist bloc tour that shattered her preconceived notions of the “Evil Empire.”

In Around the Bloc, Griest relates her experiences as a volunteer at a children’s shelter in Moscow, a propaganda polisher at the office of the Chinese Communist Party’s English-language mouthpiece in Beijing, and a belly dancer among the rumba queens of Havana. She falls in love with an ex-soldier who narrowly avoided radiation cleanup duties at Chernobyl, hangs out with Cuban hip-hop artists, and comes to difficult realizations about the meaning of democracy.

is the absorbing story of a young journalist driven by a desire to witness the effects of Communism. Along the way, she learns the Russian mathematical equation for buying dinner-party vodka (one bottle per guest, plus an extra), stumbles upon Beijing’s underground gay scene, marches with 100,000 mothers demanding Elián González’s return to Cuba, and gains a new appreciation for the Mexican culture she left behind.

Synopsis:

A young Latina journalist recounts her four-year, twelve-nation tour of the Communist bloc during her education at the University of Texas.

About the Author

STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Latina, and Travelers’ Tales. As a national correspondent for The Odyssey, an educational website for kids, she once drove forty-five thousand miles across America, documenting its history. She now runs an anticensorship activist organization called the Youth Free Expression Network out of New York City. Visit her website at www.aroundthebloc.com.

Table of Contents

Author's note — Prologue: red star over South Texas — Sect. 1. Moscow — Sect. 2. Beijing — Sect. 3. Havana — Epilogue: seeing red — Notes — Acknowledgements — Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307414618
Subtitle:
My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana
Publisher:
Villard
Author:
Griest, Stephanie Elizondo
Author:
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
General
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
History
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Mexican american women
Subject:
Mexican Americans and mass media.
Subject:
Communism and society
Subject:
China
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
China Description and travel.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel : Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040309
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
399

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