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Mitko (Miami University Press Fiction) Paperback – June 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1450762144 ISBN-10: 145076214X
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"Garth Greenwell's MITKO is a work of enormous verbal energy in the service of a vision punishing and remorseless. An anatomy of desire and disappointment in a life 'pitched almost always beneath the pitch of poetry' yet captured in language alert to every prospect of beauty, however compromised and fleeting."

--Robert Boyers, author of The Dictator's Dictation

"In MITKO Garth Greenwell displays a dazzling ability to negotiate the shadowy boundary between lust and longing. The story is thoroughly modern, but the elegance of his style, his devotion to his characters, and his Jamesian skill in parsing emotions give this narration a timeless quality. A splendid debut."

--Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

"In this lyrical and sophisticated exploration of tormented desire and romantic obsession, Garth Greenwell unfurls a story of love and life in a faraway place that is finely observed and deeply felt. His voice is elegant and original; his prose graceful, seductive and full of yearning."

--David Francis, author of Stray Dog Winter

"MITKO is a haunting and compelling meditation on erotic obsession, loneliness, and power. Garth Greenwell writes with the intensity and urgency of a poet, and his novella takes on the weight and impact of a much longer work of fiction."

--Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection

"MITKO is a novella of astonishing force and poignance, and Greenwell's Sofia brings to mind Christopher Isherwood's Berlin or the Saigon of Marguerite Duras."

--Honor Moore, author of The Bishop's Daughter

About the Author

Garth Greenwell lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he teaches at the American College of Sofia. MITKO is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Series: Miami University Press Fiction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Miami University Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145076214X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450762144
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pierre cameron on November 30, 2011
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Mitko is an unusual book: a novella about a strange but compelling relationship between an American man and hustler in Sofia, Bulgaria. The two disparate characters are both brought brilliantly to life, and their affair, though doomed and somewhat lurid, is complexly and compassionately rendered. The writing is accomplished and confident, and I look forward to reading many more books by this talented and intelligent author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Petya Kirilova on December 2, 2011
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I finished "Mitko" in one sitting and absolutely, WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend it. It is a fantastic commentary on gender and (homo)sexuality in Bulgaria but also, more broadly, on the intricate and oftentimes inexplicable tensions between lust and pride, attachments and aversions, love and resentment, history and memory. Greenwell's style is eerily poetic. Beautiful, daunting!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie Farris on April 19, 2012
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Garth Greenwell is that rare thing--a true original, a writer whose debut is not just promising but is already an accomplished, masterly work of art. It is as simple as that -- in less than 100 pages, Greenwell is able to give us a gorgeous work about solitude desire, culture-clash, various dimensions of self, emotional and spiritual growth. It is a book where prose is not merely a means of communication but a high art; his sentences are orchestrated with much music and though, much gusto and contemplation. Many writers work for decades and publish six or seven books before they are able to produce the sort of sentences that seem to come easily to Greenwell. It is an astonishing debut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Herszenson on December 3, 2011
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This is a beautifully written, deeply moving short book. The characters whose relationship it chronicles are vivid, genuine, compelling, and drawn with great psychological insight. Mitko is an unforgettable read, and I'm eager to see what Garth Greenwell writes next.
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