Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (Paperback)

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The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught—to both disastrous and hilarious effect—in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain’s prize-winning debut speaks to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.

Praise For…


“...exceptional story collection...”

“In this first collection the author brings the virtuosity of Greene and le Carre to tales of foreign adventures.”

“Brilliant...”

“An impressive and entertaining book of short stories...”

“An impeccable debut collection; if Fountain can keep it up, he’s an heir to Paul Theroux.”

“Exhilarating first story collection.”

“…exceptional story collection…”

“Ben Fountain writes deftly about fear and disorientation abroad in his first story collection.”

“[Fountain] is a gifted storyteller and his collection will blow your literary socks off.”

“Wildly plotted, astutely observed, and beautifully rendered.”

“Fountain has the storytelling gifts to bring the world home to us and a moral compass set to true north.”

“Fountain’s confidence in taking on real world problems is matched by his reluctance to pontificate or judge.”

“It is such an unexpected joy, in this age of introspection, to discover an American writer with a global outlook.”

“Ben Fountain...blew me out of the water. These stories are absolutely jaw-dropping.”

“[A] brilliant...exhilarating book, filled with heavenly language and insight.”

“. . .finely crafted. . . irony abounds in Fountain’s mini-theaters of the absurd.”

“Fountain ... gets his message across without forsaking characterization and vivid descriptiveness. . .a revealing view of the human condition.”

“...Fountain’s stories reach for a broader engagement...This book is a step in the right direction.”

“. . .wonderful. . .lush, sophisticated...very funny. . .Fountain is an original...”

“Ben Fountain writes the kind of stories that Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene used to write.”

“. . .grand. . . darkly funny. . . important as anything you will see on the nightly news.”

“[Fountain’s] really a bright light on character in extreme conditions.”

“An exceptional story collection. . . Heartbreaking, absurd, deftly drawn. . .”

“Ben Fountain writes the kind of stories that Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene used to write...

“... Fountain[’s]excursions into foreign infernos have an innocence all their own.”

“Superb debut story collection... Fountain knows the Third World; he [writes] with a precision that suggests firsthand knowledge.”

“The work of a talented writer pursuing compelling and complicated themes.”

“...an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new.”

“Fountain is a writer to watch; better, a writer to read.”

“ ... Fountain chooses just the right details, metaphors, similes and descriptions...life rendered in sentences seem[s] as life lived.”

“... an author with a gift for reaching into the past and producing something compelling and new.”

“Ben Fountain takes readers all over the world, navigating the alleys of the human soul with an expert’s hand.”

” ...the ambition and global outlook of Fountain’s fiction marks a welcome addition to the literature produced in our state.”

“Short-story collections don’t come much better than this. Brief Encounters With Che Guevara offers pointed prose, nimble revelation...”

“Fountain... is the perfect author to convert people who don’t read short stories.”

“He imbues each narrative with an understanding of international politics and conflicts, and the sticky moral complexities involved.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060885601
ISBN-10: 0060885602
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: April 1st, 2007
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: P.S.