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The View From Stalin's Head

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Hamburger, Aaron (eBook - 2004 )
The View From Stalin's Head
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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.
Authors: Hamburger, Aaron
Title: The view from Stalin's Head
stories
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 259 p
Statement of Responsibility: Aaron Hamburger
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
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete
ISBN: 0812970934
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2009. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries
Subject Headings: Prague (Czech Republic) Fiction Europeans Czech Republic Fiction Americans Czech Republic Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Europeans
Americans
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In these short stories set in early 1990s Prague, Hamburger's expatriate point of view includes plenty of getting to know the local Czechs.


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