Dispatches From Dystopia
Histories of Places Not Yet ForgottenBook - 2015
The author "wanders the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation, first on the Internet and then in person, to figure out which version the real or the virtual is the actual forgery. She also takes us to the basement of a hotel in Seattle to examine the personal possessions left in storage by Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps in 1942. In Uman, Ukraine, we hide with Brown in a tree in order to witness the male-only Rosh Hashanah celebration of Hasidic Jews. In the Russian southern Urals, she speaks with the citizens of the small city of Kyshtym, where invisible radioactive pollutants have mysteriously blighted lives. Finally, Brown returns home to Elgin, Illinois, in the industrial rust belt, to investigate the rise of "rustalgia" and the ways her formative experiences have inspired her obsession with modernist wastelands.
Publisher: Chicago :, The University of Chicago Press,, 2015.
Branch Call Number: 907.2 BRO
Characteristics: 198 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.