Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

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9780060885588: Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

This debut collection from the man Malcolm Gladwell described as a genius took readers by storm. From the slums of Haiti to a golf course in Myanmar, and from the Colombian jungle to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone, Ben Fountain's impeccable and devastatingly funny stories describe a world in political and social upheaval, and the lives caught in the balance.

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The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught to both disastrous and hilarious effect in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain s prize-winning debut speaks to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.

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Review:

"Exhilarating first story collection." -- New York Newsday

."..exceptional story collection..." -- New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant..." -- Seattle Times

."exceptional story collection." -- Raleigh News & Observer

Brilliant... --Seattle Times

."..Fountain's stories reach for a broader engagement...This book is a step in the right direction."--Boston Sunday Globe

"An exceptional story collection. . . Heartbreaking, absurd, deftly drawn. . ."--New York Times Book Review

"The work of a talented writer pursuing compelling and complicated themes."--Austin Chronicle

"Fountain ... gets his message across without forsaking characterization and vivid descriptiveness. . .a revealing view of the human condition."--Miami Herald

"Superb debut story collection... Fountain knows the Third World; he [writes] with a precision that suggests firsthand knowledge."--Salon

"He imbues each narrative with an understanding of international politics and conflicts, and the sticky moral complexities involved."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

" ...the ambition and global outlook of Fountain's fiction marks a welcome addition to the literature produced in our state."--Houston Chronicle

"Brilliant..."--Seattle Times

."..exceptional story collection..."--New York Times Book Review

." . .finely crafted. . . irony abounds in Fountain's mini-theaters of the absurd."--Texas Monthly

"An impeccable debut collection; if Fountain can keep it up, he's an heir to Paul Theroux."--Kirkus Reviews

"[Fountain] is a gifted storyteller and his collection will blow your literary socks off."--Tucson Citizen

"Fountain has the storytelling gifts to bring the world home to us and a moral compass set to true north."--Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

"Fountain's confidence in taking on real world problems is matched by his reluctance to pontificate or judge."--Nell Freudenberger, author of The Dissident

"[Fountain's] really a bright light on character in extreme conditions."--Will Blythe, The News and Observer

"Ben Fountain...blew me out of the water. These stories are absolutely jaw-dropping."--Audrey Bullar, team leader, Jospeh-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, Ohio, for PW's Galley Talk

"Exhilarating first story collection."--New York Newsday

"Short-story collections don't come much better than this. Brief Encounters With Che Guevara offers pointed prose, nimble revelation..."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Ben Fountain takes readers all over the world, navigating the alleys of the human soul with an expert's hand."--The California Aggie

"In this first collection the author brings the virtuosity of Greene and le Carre to tales of foreign adventures."--Boston Globe

"Wildly plotted, astutely observed, and beautifully rendered."--Daivd Means, author of Assorted Fire Events and The Secret Goldfish

"Fountain... is the perfect author to convert people who don't read short stories."--Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"Ben Fountain writes deftly about fear and disorientation abroad in his first story collection."--Outside magazine

.".. Fountain['s]excursions into foreign infernos have an innocence all their own."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

." . .wonderful. . .lush, sophisticated...very funny. . .Fountain is an original..."--Boston Herald

.".. an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new."--Baltimore Sun

" ... Fountain chooses just the right details, metaphors, similes and descriptions...life rendered in sentences seem[s] as life lived."--San Francisco Chronicle

." . .grand. . . darkly funny. . . important as anything you will see on the nightly news."--Deseret Morning News

"It is such an unexpected joy, in this age of introspection, to discover an American writer with a global outlook."--Jim Crace, author of Genesis and Being Dead

."..an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new."--Los Angeles Book Review

"Fountain is a writer to watch; better, a writer to read."--Buffalo News

"An impressive and entertaining book of short stories..."--Newsday

."..exceptional story collection..."--Raleigh News & Observer

"[A] brilliant...exhilarating book, filled with heavenly language and insight."--Tom Bissell, author of Chasing the Sea and God Lives in St. Petersburg

..".exceptional story collection..."--New York Times Book Review

..".exceptional story collection..."--Raleigh News & Observer

..".Fountain's stories reach for a broader engagement...This book is a step in the right direction."--Boston Sunday Globe

..". Fountain['s]excursions into foreign infernos have an innocence all their own."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

..".an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new."--Los Angeles Book Review

..". an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new."--Baltimore Sun

"Ben Fountain writes the kind of stories that Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene used to write...--San Diego Union-Tribune

...exceptional story collection... --New York Times Book Review"

In this first collection the author brings the virtuosity of Greene and le Carre to tales of foreign adventures. --Boston Globe"

Brilliant... --Seattle Times"

An impressive and entertaining book of short stories... --Newsday"

An impeccable debut collection; if Fountain can keep it up, he s an heir to Paul Theroux. --Kirkus Reviews"

Exhilarating first story collection. --New York Newsday"

exceptional story collection --Raleigh News & Observer"

Ben Fountain writes deftly about fear and disorientation abroad in his first story collection. --Outside magazine"

[Fountain] is a gifted storyteller and his collection will blow your literary socks off. --Tucson Citizen"

Wildly plotted, astutely observed, and beautifully rendered. --Daivd Means, author of Assorted Fire Events and The Secret Goldfish"

Fountain has the storytelling gifts to bring the world home to us and a moral compass set to true north. --Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan"

Fountain s confidence in taking on real world problems is matched by his reluctance to pontificate or judge. --Nell Freudenberger, author of The Dissident"

It is such an unexpected joy, in this age of introspection, to discover an American writer with a global outlook. --Jim Crace, author of Genesis and Being Dead"

Ben Fountain...blew me out of the water. These stories are absolutely jaw-dropping. --Audrey Bullar, team leader, Jospeh-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, Ohio, for PW's Galley Talk"

[A] brilliant...exhilarating book, filled with heavenly language and insight. --Tom Bissell, author of Chasing the Sea and God Lives in St. Petersburg"

. . .finely crafted. . . irony abounds in Fountain s mini-theaters of the absurd. --Texas Monthly"

Fountain ... gets his message across without forsaking characterization and vivid descriptiveness. . .a revealing view of the human condition. --Miami Herald"

...Fountain s stories reach for a broader engagement...This book is a step in the right direction. --Boston Sunday Globe"

. . .wonderful. . .lush, sophisticated...very funny. . .Fountain is an original... --Boston Herald"

. . .grand. . . darkly funny. . . important as anything you will see on the nightly news. --Deseret Morning News"

[Fountain s] really a bright light on character in extreme conditions. --Will Blythe, The News and Observer"

An exceptional story collection. . . Heartbreaking, absurd, deftly drawn. . . --New York Times Book Review"

... Fountain[ s]excursions into foreign infernos have an innocence all their own. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Superb debut story collection... Fountain knows the Third World; he [writes] with a precision that suggests firsthand knowledge. --Salon"

The work of a talented writer pursuing compelling and complicated themes. --Austin Chronicle"

...an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new. --Los Angeles Book Review"

Fountain is a writer to watch; better, a writer to read. --Buffalo News"

... Fountain chooses just the right details, metaphors, similes and descriptions...life rendered in sentences seem[s] as life lived. --San Francisco Chronicle"

... an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new. --Baltimore Sun"

Ben Fountain takes readers all over the world, navigating the alleys of the human soul with an expert s hand. --The California Aggie"

...the ambition and global outlook of Fountain s fiction marks a welcome addition to the literature produced in our state. --Houston Chronicle"

Short-story collections don t come much better than this. Brief Encounters With Che Guevara offers pointed prose, nimble revelation... --Philadelphia Inquirer"

Fountain... is the perfect author to convert people who don t read short stories. --Arkansas Democrat-Gazette"

He imbues each narrative with an understanding of international politics and conflicts, and the sticky moral complexities involved. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Ben Fountain writes the kind of stories that Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene used to write...--San Diego Union-Tribune"

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