East of the West A Country in Stories

ISBN-10: 1250007615

ISBN-13: 9781250007612

Edition: N/A

Authors: Miroslav Penkov

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A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather. A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church. A boy meets his cousin (the love of his life) once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west. These are Miroslav Penkov’s strange, unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they are the stories that make up his beguiling and deeply felt debut.InEast of the West, Penkov writes with great empathy of centuries of tumult; his characters mourn the way things were and long for things that will never be. But even as they wrestle with the weight of history, with the debt to family, with the pangs of exile, the stories inEast of the Westare always light on their feet, animated by Penkov’s unmatched eye for the absurd.
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List price: $14.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Miroslav Penkov was born in Bulgaria and lived there, in the capital city of Sofia, until he graduated from First English Language High school. In 2001, at the age of eighteen, Miroslav went to the University of Arkansas where he completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology, followed by an MFA in Creative Writing. In 2008 The Southern Review awarded his story "Buying Lenin" the 2007 Eudora Welty Prize in fiction. A month later Salman Rushdie and Heidi Pitlor chose the story to appear in the 2008 Best American Short Stories. EAST OF THE WEST was published by Sceptre in 2011 and the title story won the BBC International Short Story Award, 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas and a fiction editor of the American Literary Review.

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