Stories I Stole from Georgia (2020)

Stories I Stole from Georgia After working for Time magazine in London Wendell Steavenson spent two years in the former Soviet republic of Georgia Stories I Stole captures the exuberance of a fledgling nation of local despots m
  • Title: Stories I Stole from Georgia
  • Author: Wendell Steavenson
  • ISBN: 9780802117373
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After working for Time magazine in London, Wendell Steavenson spent two years in the former Soviet republic of Georgia Stories I Stole captures the exuberance of a fledgling nation of local despots, mountain tribes, blood feuds, and an unlimited flow of red wine From President Shevardnadze s rigged elections to horse races high in the mountains from the eerie roadside aAfter working for Time magazine in London, Wendell Steavenson spent two years in the former Soviet republic of Georgia Stories I Stole captures the exuberance of a fledgling nation of local despots, mountain tribes, blood feuds, and an unlimited flow of red wine From President Shevardnadze s rigged elections to horse races high in the mountains from the eerie roadside artifacts of the Soviet era to the farcical power outages in the dead of winter, here is Georgia weird, invigorating, and still coming to grips with the legacy of its most famous son, Joseph Stalin Far than a travel book, this is a scintillating menagerie of true stories peopled by vivid and sometimes insane characters In the beach resort of Sukhumi, once the destination of every fashionable Russian but now wrecked by civil war, Wendell plays hangman with a secret policeman In the capital, Tbilisi ensconced in Levan s Magic Room or lounging in the steam baths she hears about the latest duel or kidnapping In Khevsureti, the meadows are dotted with blue painted beehives and yellow flowers, while just over the border there is war in Chechnya Stories I Stole is a candid, engaging, and quietly lyrical book about a land and its people.
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    1. Stories I Stole by Wendell Stevenson.I visited Georgia twice now, in 2014 and 2016, so some fifteen to twenty after Wendell s visit and some twenty five years after Georgia became an independent country, as far as former soviet republics ever will be independent countries.The nature is still as impressive as ever, the red wine still flows unlimited and the people are still as warm hearted and talkative as in Wendell s days and probably ever since the beginning of times At the same time it is a t [...]

    2. This book brought back all memories that have been lingering in my mind since I left Georgia, now than 10 years ago It could have ben me, writing the book, since a lot of what Steavenson writes about, also happened to me I read it, re read it and wondered hind sight how I ever survived 2 years in the capital of the country without hot water or washing maschine, with electricity put on rations, without an elevator to lift me to the 9th floor with all my kilos of potatoes, onions, carrots, red be [...]

    3. The following review originally appeared on The Rumpus as a Last Book I Loved piece The Last Book I Loved Stories I Stole, by Wendell SteavensonWendell Steavenson s memoir of her time as a freelance foreign correspondent in Tblisi, Georgia, begins in her former Time Magazine office, where she and her friend Nina spin escape fantasies under the world map tacked above their desks Nina has stuck her pin in Pamplona Steavenson has chosen Tblisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia Yeah, [...]

    4. After living with a Georgian, and experiencing at least on some level the beauty that is Georgian culture, I had great expectations for this book On the positive side, it has an expansive bibliography and suggested reading list, which should be useful to any student of the region I also enjoyed reading a female writer, a rarity in Caucasian literature I was a bit disappointed by the stylistic merits of the book the storytelling seems mediocre when compared with the cultural and historic richness [...]

    5. Another jewel of a book proving to me that process is valuable than product Steavenson spent 2 years in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia She was nominally a free lancer writing about the craziness of living that followed independence there, and that continues as Abkhasia and other ethnic enclaves wriggle furiously for their own independence She chronicles the disparities of modern cities without infrastructure, the mountain villages that remain true kinda to tradition, and the inexplicable randomnes [...]

    6. I almost did my Peace Corps service in Georgia and had been very curious about the Caucaucus after passing it up This is a great window into that world.

    7. Messy, with a few excellent stories Inexplicably self involved I d be curious if any other readers were interested in her love life interludes The ending was nothing short of an ego splurge.

    8. Although hers was my favorite story in Wild East Stories from the Last Frontier, I m a little lost in this Maybe if I d read it all in one go, it d be different I have so much to learn about this part of the world I ll read this again one dayeman.harvard reportsShalva was proud of his war but intelligent enough to realize that there was no way to defend it.Lela gave me a half smile, I know It s ridiculous I am harboring a fugitive drug addict with a bullet hole in his leg We caught each other s [...]

    9. I read this book just before departing for a 3 week trip to the Republic of Georgia in the summer of 2007 It s awesome and quite unlike anything I ve read before.Much has changed about Georgia since the book was written but much also has not For example, Georgia is now run by a staunchly pro Western government which came into power in 2003 touched on at the very end of the book , but some Georgians say this administration is as corrupt as Shevardnadze s, and Tbilisi still has occasional power an [...]

    10. Very intriguing look at the republic of Georgia finding its way, or, often, not, after the breakup of the Soviet Union No heat, no electricity, just lots of vodkaSteavenson is fearless and endlessly curious One might skim over the bits detailed internecine political battles in Tbilisi, but the book is most compelling when she shares some of her personal life, such as having her heart broken by a photographer in her circle of foreign correspondents Informative and fun.

    11. Interesting memoire of exploits and peculiarities of a quasi journalistic life in emerging eastern European countries Wendell Steavenson has a wry, amusing, sometimes cynical voice and shares some hilarious and some poignant experiences among colleagues and friends.

    12. I just didn t enjoy this book It was well written and informative, but not entertaining, kind of like a text book It conveys a lot of information, but I wouldn t pick it up just to read it.

    13. Heard about this via Paul Salopek, the Out of Eden guy walking the globe Reaction while reading was often frustration than enjoyment Just not my cup of tea or chacha , I guess

    14. Good insight to Georgia pre rose revolution Good insight to the culture Made me feel like I was back in Georgia, just with English

    15. Life in Georgia before the Rose Revolution as viewed by an outsider But why has she no interest in Russia Seems a bit biased But it reads well.

    16. Mixing truth and reality She really did steal the stories, but the book was well done I would have liked it less if I had been in Georgia first when I read it

    17. Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious Highly recommended to anyone traveling to and writing about the Caucasus, or just traveling and writing in general.

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