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When Things Get Dark -- A Mongolian Winter's Tale

Davis, Matthew

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ISBN 10: 0312607733 / ISBN 13: 9780312607739
Published by St Martins Press, New York, 2010
Condition: As New Hardcover
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"At twenty-three, Matt Davis moved to a remote Mongolian town to teach English. What he found when he arrived was a town -- and a country -- undergoing wholesale change from a traditional , countryside existence to a more urgan identity.He discovered that the Mongolians were now trying to balance their nomadic roots and their communist past with their democratic, free-market future." While in Mongolia, Davis also had a personal crisis that he weaves into his narrative, making an absorbing account of contemporary life in a far-off but important place, and cross-cultural encounters as well. Bookseller Inventory # 100300

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Title: When Things Get Dark -- A Mongolian Winter's...

Publisher: St Martins Press, New York

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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At 23, Matt Davis moved to a remote Mongolian town to teach English.What he found when he arrived was a town―and a country―undergoing wholesale change from a traditional, countryside existence to a more urban, modern identity. When Things Get Dark documents these changes through the Mongolians Matt meets, but also focuses on the author's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and violence--a scenario he saw played out by many of the Mongolian men around him. Matt's self-destruction culminates in a drunken fight with three men that forces him to a hospital to have his kidneys X-rayed. He hits bottom in that cold hospital room, his body naked and shivering, a bloodied Mongolian man staring at him from an open door, the irrational thought in his head that maybe he is going to die there. His personal struggles are balanced with insightful descriptions of customs and interactions, and interlaced with essays on Mongolian history and culture that make for a fascinating glimpse of a mysterious place and people.

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MATTHEW DAVIS is a MFA graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A chapter of When Things Get Dark has won the 2005 Atlantic Monthly prize in nonfiction and another chapter was a "notable essay" in the 2006 Best American Travel Writing series. Matt lives in Washington, D.C.

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