By Tom Bissell
In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a naive Peace Corps volunteer. notwithstanding he lasted just a couple of months earlier than sickness and private situation compelled him domestic, Bissell discovered himself entranced by way of this distant land. 5 years later he lower back to discover the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by way of Soviet irrigation regulations. 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 frequently wild strategy 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 heritage of violent subjugation via despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin. Alternately a laugh and sobering, it is a gripping portrait of a desirable position, and the debut of a singularly proficient younger author.
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