Chasing the Sea: Lost among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia by Tom Bissell - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Oct 04, 2015
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In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a nave Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to...

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ISBN
9780307425249
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Book language
English
Pages
416
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PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
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3744 kB

Some brief overview of this book

In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a nave Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies.

Joining up with an exuberant translator named Rustam, Bissell slips more than once through the clutches of the Uzbek police as he makes his often wild way to the devastated sea. In Chasing the Sea, Bissell combines the story of his travels with a beguiling chronicle of Uzbekistans striking culture and long history of violent subjugation by despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin. Alternately amusing and sobering, this is a gripping portrait of a fascinating place, and the debut of a singularly gifted young writer.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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A few words about book author

Bissell was born in Escanaba, Michigan, in 1974. After his stint in the Peace Corps he worked for several years in book publishing in New York City. His criticism, fiction, and journalism have appeared in publications including Harpers Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, GQ, Granta, McSweeneys, The Boston Review, The Believer, Best American Travel Writing 2003, and other publications.

He has been nominated for several awards and not received any of them. He lives in New York City. In Chasing the Sea, Bissell combines the story of his travels with a beguiling chronicle of Uzbekistans striking culture and long history of violent subjugation by despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin.

Alternately amusing and sobering, this is a gripping portrait of a fascinating place, and the debut of a singularly gifted young writer. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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