Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Table of Contents: Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

Author: Ben Fountain
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins, 2006
Synopsis: The well-intentioned 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. With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story iis a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope, that characterizes countries in transition. Through Fountain's rounded and novelistic prose, these intelligent and keenly observed stories are painted in provocative and vibrant detail across a global canvas.

What Others Have To Say:

"The writing is literary and earnest, full of foreign languages and settings, and unusual and lovely words"

Austin Chronicle
"...Fountain seems to be exploring something vital, his characters acting as acknowledgments of the global community and the complications of being an American in the world at large."

The New York Times
"Rather than glamorize his protagonists through their ties to troubled lands, he humanizes the troubled lands through their ties to his unpretentious protagonists."

Manila Times
"...each story was crafted with richness that can only come from a good mix of searing passion and cold-hearted objectivity."

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