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When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter's Tale

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At 23, Matt Davis moved to a remote Mongolian town to teach English.What he found when he arrived was a town—and a country—undergoing wholesale change from a traditional, countryside existence to a more urban, modern identity.When Things Get Dark documents these changes through the Mongolians Matt meets, but also focuses on the author's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and violence--a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him.Matt's self-destruction culminates in a drunken fight with three men that forces him to a hospital to have his kidneys X-rayed.He hits bottom in that cold hospital room, his body naked and shivering, a bloodied Mongolian man staring at him from an open door, the irrational thought in his head that maybe heis going to die there. His personal struggles are balanced withinsightful descriptions of customs and interactions, and interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture that make for a fascinating glimpse of a mysterious place and people.

Synopsis:

Documents the author's three-year teaching experiences in a remote Mongolian community, describing his battles with alcoholism and witness to the town's transformation from country life to sometimes violent urban modernity.

About the Author

MATTHEW DAVIS is a MFA graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A chapter of this book has won the 2005 Atlantic Monthly prize in nonfiction and another chapter was a "notable essay" in the 2006 Best American Travel Writing series. Matt lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429957878
Subtitle:
A Mongolian Winter's Tale
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Davis, Matthew
Author:
Matthew Davis
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - Central
Subject:
Mongolia Description and travel.
Subject:
Davis, Matthew - Travel - Mongolia
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Travel-Central Asia
Subject:
Asia-Mongolia
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100216
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
306

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Travel » Asia » Central Asia

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