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Ships In The Desert

Ships In The Desert

by Jeff Fearnside
Ships In The Desert

Ships In The Desert

by Jeff Fearnside


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In this linked essay collection, award-winning author Jeff Fearnside analyzes his four years as an educator on the Great Silk Road, primarily in Kazakhstan. Peeling back the layers of culture, environment, and history that define the country and its people, Fearnside creates a compelling narrative about this faraway land and soon realizes how the local, personal stories are, in fact, global stories. Fearnside sees firsthand the unnatural disaster of the Aral Sea—a man-made environmental crisis that has devastated the region and impacts the entire world. He examines the sometimes controversial ethics of Western missionaries, and reflects on personal and social change once he returns to the States. Ships in the Desert explores universal issues of religious bigotry, cultural intolerance, environmental degradation, and how a battle over water rights led to a catastrophe that is now being repeated around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951631154
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer's Project
Publication date: 08/01/2022
Series: SFWP Literary Awards
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff Fearnside is the author of the short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air and the chapbook A Husband and Wife Are One Satan, winner of the Orison Chapbook Prize. Other awards for his writing include a Grand Prize in the Santa Fe Writers Projects Literary Awards Program, the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize, and an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. His work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies such as The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review, Story, and many others.

Table of Contents

Map of Central Asia vii

Preface 1

Itam 5

Ships in the Desert 11

The Missionary Position

A Personal Exploration of the Politics of Persuasion in Central Asia 59

More Than Tenge and Tiyn 93

Place as Self 103

View from a Bridge 109

Postoyanstvo Pamyati (The Persistence of Memory) 113

Bibliography 115

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