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God Lives In St. Petersburg

and Other Stories

By Tom Bissell

God Lives In St. Petersburg
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2005,
    224 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2006,
    224 pages.

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Chilling stories of a region ravaged by war, exile and neglect. Short Stories

Comment: Six stories set in Central Asia, one of them a Pushcart Prize winner, written with deadpan irony and packing quite a punch: Bissell's stories journey through Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to some of the most deeply foreign places on earth, with each story told through the eyes of Westerners - such as two journalists stranded in wartime Afghanistan, a missionary struggling with his faith, or a female scientist investigating the Aral Sea - a particularly moving story (see the sidebar for more about the Aral Sea).

Publishers Weekly gives the collection a starred review saying 'Bissell never flinches as he looks straight into the starved hearts of his characters. In these chilling stories of a region ravaged by war, exile and ...

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