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When Things Get Dark

A Mongolian Winter's Tale

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When Things Get Dark by Matthew Davis
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Description

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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
February 16th, 2010
Author
Pages
306
Illustrations
Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
St. Martins Press-3pl
Dimensions
145x218x30
ISBN-13
9780312607739
Product ID
3683298

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