Fieldwork

By Mischa Berlinski
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427467, 356pp.)

Publication Date: January 22, 2008

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When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, planning to enjoy himself and work as little as possible. But one evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story: a charismatic American anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead--a suicide--in the Thai prison where she was serving a life sentence for murder. Curious at first, Mischa is soon immersed in the details of her story. This brilliant, haunting novel expands into a mystery set among the Thai hill tribes, whose way of life became a battleground for the missionaries and the scientists living among them. "Fieldwork" is a 2007 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.




About the Author
Mischa Berlinski was born in New York in 1973. He studied classics at the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia College and has worked as a journalist in Thailand. His first novel "Fieldwork "is a finalist of the 2007 National Book Award. In 2013, Berlinski was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Addison M. Metcalf Award.
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