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The ten stories in The View from Stalin's Head unfold in the post-Cold War Prague of the 1990s--a magnet not only for artists and writers but also for American tourists and college grad deadbeats, a city with a glorious yet sometimes shameful history, its citizens both resentful of and nostalgic for their Communist past. Against this backdrop, Aaron Hamburger conjures an arresting array of characters: a self-appointed rabbi who runs a synagogue for non-Jews; an artist, once branded as a criminal by the Communist regime, who hires a teenage boy to boss him around; a fiery would-be socialist trying to rouse the oppressed masses while feeling the tug of her comfortable Stateside upbringing. European and American, Jewish and gentile, straight and gay, the people in these stories are forced to confront themselves when the ethnic, religious, political, and sexual labels they used to rely on prove surprisingly less stable than they'd imagined.

As Christopher Isherwood did in his Berlin Stories, Aaron Hamburger offers a humane and subtly etched portrait of a time and place, of people wrestling with questions of love, faith, and identity. The View from Stalin's Head is a remarkable debut, and the beginning of a remarkable career.

The View from Stalin's Head is a view of life and loss, desire and despair, coming of age, and running away. In short, this stirring debut is a view of everything that matters, accomplished by a brilliant young writer with tremendous gifts.

BEN MARCUS, AUTHOR OF NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE AGE OF WIRE AND STRING

The View from Stalin's Head is just a wonderful collection. One of the loveliest surprises is that things actuallyhappen--there are plots in here Funny, satisfying and genuinly engrossing, Aaron Hamburger knows how to tell a great story. This book will be good to you.

VICTOR LAVALLE, AUTHOR OF THE ECSTATIC

With a sharp eye for outlandish details, absurd turns of phrase, and quiet but monumental moments of realization, Aaron Hamburger lures you into the most intimate worlds of young Czech schoolboys and jaded ex-pats alike. This is a marvelous and honest collection of stories about people searching for identity in a country searching for the same.

JESSICA SHATTUCK, AUTHOR OF THE HAZARDS OF GOOD BREEDING

To be American, Jewish, Gay, teaching English in Prague: this is the situation limned by Aaron Hamburger in his marvellous collection The View from Stalin's Head, Artfully crafted, funny, poignant, sharply observant of realities and anguishes, these stories introduce a voice as original and engaging as his subject matter. This is a succulent meal indeed

MARY GORDON

We're definitely not in Paris anymore. The View from Stalin's Head is a triumphant collection of storing chronicling the loves, the losses, and the dreams of denizens of Prague. With charm and wit and force of life, Aaron Hamburger takes us deep inside the city walls. Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, these stories are as good as they come.

BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM, AUTHOR OF HESTER AMONG THE RUINS

Synopsis:

The ten stories inThe View from Stalin's Headunfold in the postCold War Prague of the 1990sa magnet not only for artists and writers but also for American tourists and college grad deadbeats, a city with a glorious yet sometimes shameful history, its citizens both resentful of and nostalgic for their Communist past. Against this backdrop, Aaron Hamburger conjures an arresting array of characters: a self-appointed rabbi who runs a synagogue for non-Jews; an artist, once branded as a criminal by the Communist regime, who hires a teenage boy to boss him around; a fiery would-be socialist trying to rouse the oppressed masses while feeling the tug of her comfortable Stateside upbringing. European and American, Jewish and gentile, straight and gay, the people in these stories are forced to confront themselves when the ethnic, religious, political, and sexual labels they used to rely on prove surprisingly less stable than they'd imagined. As Christopher Isherwood did in hisBerlin Stories, Aaron Hamburger offers a humane and subtly etched portrait of a time and place, of people wrestling with questions of love, faith, and identity.The View from Stalin's Headis a remarkable debut, and the beginning of a remarkable career.

Synopsis:

This debut collection features ten lucid, haunting, and darkly comic stories about Americans and Europeans in post-Cold War Prague.

Table of Contents

A man of the country — Jerusalem — The view from Stalin's Head — This ground you are standing on — Sympathetic conversationalist — You say you want a revolution — Garage sale — Control — Law of return — Exile.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588363558
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author:
Hamburger, Aaron
Author:
Aaron Hamburger
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction-Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Europeans
Subject:
General
Subject:
Prague
Subject:
Prague (czech republic)
Subject:
Americans - Czech Republic
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040309
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
255

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Product details 255 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588363558 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The ten stories inThe View from Stalin's Headunfold in the postCold War Prague of the 1990sa magnet not only for artists and writers but also for American tourists and college grad deadbeats, a city with a glorious yet sometimes shameful history, its citizens both resentful of and nostalgic for their Communist past. Against this backdrop, Aaron Hamburger conjures an arresting array of characters: a self-appointed rabbi who runs a synagogue for non-Jews; an artist, once branded as a criminal by the Communist regime, who hires a teenage boy to boss him around; a fiery would-be socialist trying to rouse the oppressed masses while feeling the tug of her comfortable Stateside upbringing. European and American, Jewish and gentile, straight and gay, the people in these stories are forced to confront themselves when the ethnic, religious, political, and sexual labels they used to rely on prove surprisingly less stable than they'd imagined. As Christopher Isherwood did in hisBerlin Stories, Aaron Hamburger offers a humane and subtly etched portrait of a time and place, of people wrestling with questions of love, faith, and identity.The View from Stalin's Headis a remarkable debut, and the beginning of a remarkable career.
"Synopsis" by , This debut collection features ten lucid, haunting, and darkly comic stories about Americans and Europeans in post-Cold War Prague.
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