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Was zu dir gehört (2016 original; edició 2018)

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"A haunting novel of erotic obsession by a major new talent On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Lyrical and intense, it tells the story of a man caught between longing and resentment, unable to separate desire from danger, and faced with the impossibility of understanding those he most longs to know"--… (més)
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What Belongs to You de Garth Greenwell (2016)

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The original novella -- the first half of the book -- was deeply moving, an inevitably-broken travelogue pseudoromance that untangled the fine line of falling for someone you're paying to sleep with. The writing was subdued, evocative, hyperaware of the ways in which the smallest of human gestures and interactions can reveal deep insecurities. The main character evoked Ben Lerner's character in Leaving the Atocha Station in how separated he felt from the new European world around him and in how his inner thoughts juxtaposed with his outer interactions; he also was falling in a love that approximated Call Me By Your Name in how surprising, foreign, and unavoidably failed it was.

Then -- a long and awful stream-of-consciousness digression in the middle about the character's Midwestern upbringing, his father's rejection of him, his sisters' damaged psyches, etc. Yawn. Why do writers feel like en media res backstory is always good? It usually reads as gratuitous filler, a diversion from the pull of the concrete present to an abstract, peripheral, unwanted past.

The last third -- Mitko's fall from grace, nod to one Balkan neighbor -- was also prolonged (I am not especially interested in reading accounts of STD testing horror stories in post-Soviet states), but at least returned to the same observant and delicate voice of the first third. It was quite sad, but also echoed the hollowness of the romance.

I can't wait for the author to write about a real love someday, without all the childhood digressions.

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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Meh. Didn't live up to the hype at all for me, not even close. ( )
  Septima | Aug 21, 2021 |
meh ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
This novel is claustrophobic, making the reader feel as trapped as the main character (MC; an unnamed gay American teaching in Sofia, Bulgaria) so often does. Outside it is cold and inhospitable, inside it is hot and stuffy. The author's ability to portray that feeling--of feeling trapped and lightheaded, overheated and miserable; or of cold and scared and worried--is impressive.

The MC in this novel realizes that in coming to Sofia, he has come to a place where being a gay man is not unlike what it was like for him growing up in the American South. Why has he chosen to come to such a place when he had finally escaped? Again he feels he must hide his identity--and the claustrophobia that comes with it. Greenwell uses heat--in his apartment, on a train--and enclosed spaces--an underground bathroom used for cruising, a stairwell, train compartment, a doctor's office--to double up on the claustrophobia. Only when the MC is outside, in the open, in the fresh air, does he think about his childhood and relationship with his father, and explore his thoughts and feelings about his father. ( )
  Dreesie | May 27, 2020 |
A young gay American has a "sentimental education" while teaching English in Bulgaria - and receives his predictable epiphanies just as you expect he will.

WBTY is well-written in the "Iowa Writers' Workshop" manner, but the novel was of limited appeal to me because of the 1st person narrator, who (to me) comes across as vain, condescending, and narcissistic - somewhat the typical young American abroad.

And I don't understand why the middle section is written in one long unbroken paragraph that goes on for forty pages. IMHO, just because Faulkner did it, doesn't mean it needs to be done again. ( )
  yooperprof | May 6, 2020 |
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"A haunting novel of erotic obsession by a major new talent On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Lyrical and intense, it tells the story of a man caught between longing and resentment, unable to separate desire from danger, and faced with the impossibility of understanding those he most longs to know"--

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