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God Lives in St. Petersburg and Other Stories by Tom Bissell
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Aug 08, 07


As novelists grapple with how to represent that thing we call "globalization" some of them are writing books that portray americans abroad losing their innocence in the face of what their country's foreign policies have done--and Bissell is interested in his character's different modes of complicity as well. These stories strand their protagonists in some seriously bleak places, mostly in central asia, but america is presented as a pretty barren space too. Some of the stories didn't work for me, but "death defier," about journalists on the margins of the invasion of afghanistan, was absolutely amazing, and "the ambassador's son" was hilarious.
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