East of the West: A Country in Stories (Google eBook)
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 Penkov's strange, unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they are the stories that make up his beguiling and deeply felt debut.
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Review: East of the West: A Country in StoriesUser 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
Review: East of the West: A Country in StoriesUser Review - Camille - Goodreads
Lovely book, I'd probably have more positive things to say if I hadn't been on a whole Balkan/Slavic immigrant writer kick and a little tired of hearing tragic rakija-fueled tales. That said this is a ... Read full review