February 4, 2004 - Houghton Mifflin Books: This is Not Civilization: A Novel by Kyrgyzstan RPCV Robert Rosenberg

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Kyrgyzstan: Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan : The Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan: February 4, 2004 - Houghton Mifflin Books: This is Not Civilization: A Novel by Kyrgyzstan RPCV Robert Rosenberg

By Admin1 (admin) (pool-141-157-42-145.balt.east.verizon.net - 141.157.42.145) on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 11:45 pm: Edit Post

This is Not Civilization: A Novel by Kyrgyzstan RPCV Robert Rosenberg



This is Not Civilization: A Novel by Kyrgyzstan RPCV Robert Rosenberg

This is Not Civilization: A Novel by: Robert Rosenberg

Description:

Rosenberg’s ambitious and addictive first novel brings to life a culturally diverse group of well-meaning characters whose ambitions exceed their grasp. Anarbek Tashtanaliev runs a Soviet cheese factory that produces no cheese, and his favorite daughter has been stolen in an ancient courting ritual. But the United States sends to his Kyrgyz village what he hopes will be the solution to all his problems: an American Peace Corps volunteer. Jeff Hartig has just left an Apache reservation where he failed to keep a teen center up and running. Saddened but still hopeful that he can effect positive change, Jeff arrives in Central Asia ill prepared for Anarbek’s fervent ambitions and the aggressively hospitable local culture. He finds himself teaching English to milkmaids and entangled in Anarbek’s corrupt business schemes, again left to wonder what difference he can make to a culture struggling to survive. A few years later Anarbek, his daughter, Jeff, and Adam, an Apache from the reservation where Jeff worked, converge in Istanbul, and their fortunes become interwoven. The four share an apartment in the magical, sprawling city. Each on the run from the past, together they form a patchwork expatriate family, unaware that they will soon face one of the most disastrous earthquakes in history. Exotic, romantic, and deeply moving, this novel brilliantly explores America’s relationship to indigenous peoples, the need to find morality amid corruption, and the connection between people and their homeland. It is also a touching love story about those caught between age-old tradition and the dangerous allure of the contemporary world.


Robert Rosenberg

Author/Illustrator Bio:

Robert Rosenberg recently finished his M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he held Maytag and Teaching-Writing fellowships. Previously he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in newly independent Kyrgyzstan. He lived there for two years, and afterward the Peace Corps awarded him a fellowship to teach on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona while he completed his master’s in education. He lived in Cibecue, a small Apache village, and as one of the four original teachers he helped establish the village’s first high school. He also founded and edited a community magazine devoted to preserving the culture of the White Mountain Apache tribe. In 1999 he took a teaching job in Istanbul, arriving there five days before the August 17 earthquake.


Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Houghton Mifflin Books

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Kyrgyzstan; Writing - Kyrgyzstan

PCOL9959
81

.


Add a Message


This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.
Username:  
Password:
E-mail: