Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central by Tom Bissell

By Tom Bissell

In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a naive Peace Corps volunteer. even though he lasted just a couple of months sooner than ailment and private challenge compelled him domestic, Bissell stumbled on himself entranced via this distant land. 5 years later he again to discover the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by way of Soviet irrigation guidelines. becoming a member of up with an exuberant translator named Rustam, Bissell slips greater than as soon as in the course of the clutches of the Uzbek police as he makes his usually wild solution to the devastated sea.

In Chasing the Sea, Bissell combines the tale of his travels with a beguiling chronicle of Uzbekistan's remarkable tradition and lengthy background of violent subjugation through despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin. Alternately a laugh and sobering, this can be a gripping portrait of a desirable position, and the debut of a singularly proficient younger author.

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