Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The View from Stalin's Head” as Want to Read:
The View from Stalin's Head
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The View from Stalin's Head

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 ar ...more
ebook, 0 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by Random House (first published 2004)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The View from Stalin's Head, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The View from Stalin's Head

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 97)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lewis
The ten stories in Hamburger’s lovely debut collection focus primarily on Americans in Prague—a new lost generation on a quest for something they can’t quite name in a world that makes even less sense to them than their own. Throughout, Prague is depicted as a city scarred by its recent communist past, as the collection’s ominous title suggests. The title story, in fact, is perhaps the most disturbing, in which an elderly victim of the Soviet regime hires a young man to humiliate him in an S/M g ...more
Ray
I read Faith for Beginners, Hamburger's first novel, this past summer. I had a lot of problems with it, though I would not go so far as to say I did not like it.I picked up this book not initially realizing that had been written by the same author. I was pulled in by the subject matter as I don't know a whole lot about queer life in Eastern Europe.

As with many short story collections, you start to get inside the head of the author as they explore similar themes and sometimes even the same plot p
...more
Itai
The Spanish writer, Baltasar Gracián y Morales wrote, "Good things, when short, are twice as good." I loved Aaron Hamburger's faith for beginners: a novel and I was eager to see what he could do with the short story.

Most of the stories in this collection are set in Prague, (with the exception of a tale about cousins, "Law of Return," which takes place in Israel). Mr. Hamburger's characters are brilliant and, with a feat of sorcery, he transports the reader to their world. The last time I respon
...more
Anne
Picked up this enchanting collection of short stories in a museum shop in Prague and had it half finished by the time I got to the airport. Young Americans come to post-Cold War Prague to escape bourgeois backgrounds and find identity, faith, love, and/or sex. Their quests for the real Bohemia turn out differently than they imagine. A few stories focus on Czech characters with the title one--about a former dissident who can't get used to the lack of police intrusion and abuse in his life--perhap ...more
Catherine
Awarding a star for style. 10 stories about Jewish and ex-Jewish expatriates, some gay, some straight, in Prague in the early nineties. They are beautifully written and interesting character studies, but not exactly plot-driven, falling more into the uncomfortable/awkward encounters after which nothing much happens school of short story telling. Not a terrible book, by any means, but hard to connect with.
Kim
The book cover says the connection between these stories is Prague, but it could very well be homosexuality, Judaism, or anything we cling to in order to effectively ostracize ourselves because of our own insecurities.
Tuck
nice stories about usaer in Czech land. looking for love in all the wrong places. very matter-of-fact but made surreal by us weird humans.
David
This is the best short story collection I've read in years! I'm surprised this didn't receive greater acclaim.
Sandra
Sandra marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
James
James added it
Aug 21, 2014
Trent
Trent added it
Aug 18, 2014
Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2014
Ant Atoll
Ant Atoll marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2014
Annika
Annika marked it as to-read
Dec 17, 2013
Richard
Richard marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2013
Kristi Gleason
Kristi Gleason marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Faith for Beginners: A Novel The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered I Like It Like That: True Stories of Gay Male Desire Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer Tin House 44: Summer Reading, Volume 11, Number 4

Share This Book