Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier

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Boris Fishman
Justin, Charles & Co., 2003 - Fiction - 266 pages
7 Reviews
"Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier is a unique and timely anthology of great writing about one of the most fractious, mercurial, maladjusted, and misunderstood corners of the globe in a generation. Eastern Europe since 1990 has been a crossroads of iron rule, cowboy commerce, old hatreds, and new licentiousness. In other words, a place where literature thrives, as it does in the wake of all great upheavals. Wild East collects the most urgent dispatches from some of our most gifted cultural correspondents. Drug-addled New Russians preaching business-speak and "empowerment" on Nevsky Prospekt. A curious and pressing need for a Parisian blowtorch in the fields of fire in Sarajevo. The romantic assignment of a particularly fetching Czech intelligence officer. These are the subjects of Wild East, a lusty and raucous anthology of stories about the bohemians, danger junkies, and thrill-seekers reveling in the cultural, social, political, and sexual renaissance that followed the fall of the iron curtain. Twelve of today's best young writers, including Arthur Phillips, Gary Shteyngart, Aleksandar Hemon, Charlotte Hobson, Paul Greenberg, and John Beckman brilliantly explore the proposition "Prague in the '90s was like Paris in the '20s.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

There were great stories in here and some that are weaker. The only criticism is that some of the writers had similar themes in the writing, but the writing was mostly great and the stories ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

I must admit, having read a lot of crap expat and travel novels about the region, I started this book with significant trepidation. My nervousness was increased when I noticed short stories included ... Read full review


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Boris Fishman holds an MFA in fiction from New York University, where he has taught fiction and poetry. His journalism has appeared in "The New Yorker", the "New York Times Magazine", the "Wall Street Journal", the "New Republic", the "London Review of Books", and other publications.

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