The View From Stalin's Head


Hamburger, Aaron

eBook - 2004
The View From Stalin's Head
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.

Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0812970934
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Characteristics: x, 259 p
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete


From Library Staff

In these short stories set in early 1990s Prague, Hamburger's expatriate point of view includes plenty of getting to know the local Czechs.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

No similar edition of this title was found at MCL.

Try searching for The View From Stalin's Head to see if MCL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest for Purchase


Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Browse the shelf is not available for this title.

Subject Headings