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The view from stalins head aaron hamburger on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the ten stories in the view from stalins head unfold in the post cold war prague of the 1990s a magnet not only for artists and writers but also for american tourists and college grad deadbeats. Aaron hamburgers first book the view from stalins head contains 10 attractive short stories set mostly in prague whats striking about hamburgers singular choice of identities isnt the identities themselves so much as their common assertiveness they face the same problem not just how to know who they are but how to seem to know. Aaron hamburger is the author of a story collection titled the view from stalins head random house which was awarded the rome prize by the american academy of arts and letters and nominated for a violet quill award his second book a novel titled faith for beginners random house was nominated for a lambda literary award his writing has appeared in the new york times the washington . As christopher isherwood did in his berlin stories aaron hamburger offers a humane and subtly etched portrait of a time and place of people wrestling with questions of love faith and identity the view from stalins head is a remarkable debut and the beginning of a remarkable career. Aaron hamburgers book of short stories the view from stalins head is no exception hamburger however goes a step further combining bleakness and shadow with an eye for the unique and absurd creating what is ultimately a sensitive and funny portrait of the city and its inhabitants