Keith Hale In The Land Of Alexander

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In The Land Of Alexander

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In the summer of 1989, Keith Hale set out to discover the gay life and culture of Eastern Europe and Turkey, a region not known for its gay movement.  This unusual travelogue combines historical and cultural insights with first-hand experiences.  Just as Edmund White, in States of Desire, found each city in the U.S. to have a distinct personality, Hale finds each of the countries he visited to have a unique appeal for the gay traveler.  His book is of special interest given the dramatic changes that occurred in the Balkans soon after his visit.

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About the Author:

Keith Hale is editor of Friends & Apostles: The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914, published by Yale University Press, and author of the novels Cody and What Daniel Did with His Life, both available from Watersgreen House. He is also editor of a Brooke biography simply titled Rupert Brooke, a two-volume gay anthology titled Ode to Boy, a volume titled Edleston: Lord Byron's Boy Poems, and other works. He lives in Arkansas.

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  • "Offbeat but engaging, a pleasure to read." - Travel Books Worldwide
  • "A wonderful, often lyrical, tour of places east of the Danube seen from a gay perspective. In the Land of Alexander is a fount of information about gay life in Eastern Europe." - John Hammond, The New York Native


  • "Hale's lively writing and close eye for details turn this travel guide into a fine-tuned story that is hard to put down." - Douglas A. Mendini, Lambda Book Report
  • "Hale isn't your typical diarist. His descriptive style and natural, quiet enthusiasm quickly draw you into joining him on his journey of exploration and discovery." - Tom Howard, Triangle Rising


  • "The author of the sexy novel Cody turns his sharp observations on life and love to travel writing. Personal experience is blended with sound travel tips to provide a splendid complement to guides such as Spartacus." - A Different Light Review
  • "Keith Hale's travelogue is the most popular book on my desk right now. Everyone who borrows it says the same thing: they're ready to run off to Eastern Europe and Asia Minor. In the Land of Alexander offers an ideal armchair journey." - Aaron Travis, Inches


  • "A balance of cultural and historical insights, useful tips for gay travelers, and Hale's highly readable and often amusing first-person experiences." - Our World
  • "Hale writes about the Turkey and Greece I know, good and bad. Alexander is a frequent sub-topic, but discussing and testing the limits of local gay tolerance is another one. Hale certainly had guts." - Alexander the Great on the Web

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