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Dispatches from Dystopia

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226242798
Author(s): Kate Brown
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 152 x 20 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 216

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'Why are Kazakhstan and Montana the same place?' asks the opening chapter of Kate Brown's surprising and unusual journey into the histories of places on the margins, overlooked or erased. In turns out that a ruined mining town in Kazakhstan and Butte, Montana - America's largest environmental Superfund site - have much more in common than one would think thanks to similarities in climate, hucksterism, and the perseverance of their few hardy inhabitants. Taking readers to these and other unlikely locales, Dispatches from Dystopia delves into the very human and sometimes very fraught ways we come to understand a particular place, its people, and its history. In Dispatches from Dystopia, Brown wanders the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation, first on the Internet and then in person, to figure out which version - the real or the virtual - was the actual forgery. She also takes us to the basement of a hotel in Seattle to examine the personal possessions left in storage by Japanese-Americans on their way to internment camps in 1942. In Uman, Ukraine, we hide with Brown in a tree in order to witness the male-only annual Rosh Hashanah celebration of Hasidic Jews.
In the Russian southern Urals, she speaks with the citizens of the small city of Kyshtym, where invisible radioactive pollutants have mysteriously blighted lives. Finally, Brown returns home to Elgin, Illinois, in the midwestern industrial rust belt to investigate the rise of 'rus Please click here to ask a question
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