East of the West: A Country in Stories (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jun 21, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather. A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church. A boy meets his cousin (the love of his life) once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west. These are Miroslav Penkovís strange, unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they are the stories that make up his beguiling and deeply felt debut.

In East of the West, Penkov writes with great empathy of centuries of tumult; his characters mourn the way things were and long for things that will never be. But even as they wrestle with the weight of history, with the debt to family, with the pangs of exile, the stories in East of the West are always light on their feet, animated by Penkovís unmatched eye for the absurd.
  

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Review: East of the West: A Country in Stories

User Review  - Nick Sweeney - Goodreads

The subtitle of this book is 'A Country In Stories' and I can't honestly say I'd go for this conceit, not because I know Bulgaria well, but because no book is ever going to do that. However, at the ... Read full review

Review: East of the West: A Country in Stories

User Review  - Kyle Minor - Goodreads

East of the West is my favorite of all the collections of short stories published so far in the 21st century. It's a shame that not enough people have read it, but I suspect its readership will grow ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria. He arrived in America in 2001 and completed a bachelorís degree in psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He has won the Eudora Welty Prize in Fiction, and his story ďBuying LeninĒ was published in The Best American Short Stories 2008, edited by Salman Rushdie. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he is a fiction editor for the American Literary Review.

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