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The author chronicles his journey into Uzbekistan to investigate the ecological disaster of the Aral Sea.
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"Enthralling. . . . Bissell shines as a raconteur . . . and his ebullient narrative harks back to the travel classics of the nineteenth century, when the journey was an end in itself." -The New Yorker"A hilarious and insightful misadventure in the post-Soviet bureaucratic badlands . . . fill[ed] with Kafkaesque settings and fearsome characters. . . . Bissell is a born raconteur but he is also a prodigious scholar, uncoiling the tangled history, ancient and modern, of this crossroads society in bright, taut cords." --The Washington Post Book World "Written with such panache and laden with so much information that it rises to real seriousness . . . moves along as deftly as a novel . . . [A] combination of crack-up wit, wild ambition and preposterous youth." -The New York Times Book Review "A geographically and intellectually adventurous memoir. . . . A wildly talented writer." --Outside
Tom Bissell was born in Escanaba, Michigan, in 1974. He worked for several years as a book editor. His criticism, fiction, and journalism have appeared in Harper’s, Men’s Journal, Esquire, McSweeney’s, The Boston Review, and Best American Travel Writing 2003, among other publications. He has been nominated for several awards and not received any of them. He lives in New York City.
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