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The View from Stalin's Head

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The ten stories in The View from Stalins 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 theyd 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 Stalins Head is 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:
9780812970937
Author:
Hamburger, Aaron
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Prague
Subject:
Europeans
Subject:
Prague (czech republic)
Subject:
Americans - Czech Republic
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 35
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.06x5.24x.59 in. .43 lbs.

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