Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

by Ben Fountain
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories

by Ben Fountain


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Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award * A National Bestseller

An exceptional story collection.” —New York Times Book Review

The well-intentioned protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevera—including a disillusioned NGO worker, the wife of a special operations officer, and an obssessed ornithologist—are caught, to both disastrous and hilarious effect, in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them.

With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope, that characterizes countries in transition. An intelligent and keenly observed collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevera marks the arrival of a striking and resonant new voice that speaks adeptly to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060885601
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 695,389
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Billy Lynn was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife of 32 years, Sharon Fountain.


Dallas, Texas

Place of Birth:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


B.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980; J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983

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

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

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

Tom Bissell

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

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

Gary Shteyngart

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

Nell Freudenberger

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

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