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Guns roses and vodkaStories I StoleWendell SteavensonAtlantic Books 1499 pp320When Wendell Steavenson was living in Georgia she kept a collectors list of LAOs - large abandoned objects The Caucasus is littered with them rusting tank hulls gutted apartment blocks the rustbelt of gigantic ruined factories that surrounds most cities The biggest LAO is the late Soviet Union itself Nobody wants to re-animate it But nobody realised what the price of junking it would beA few decades ago Russians assumed that if everything blew to bits Georgia would still be a happy land Wonderful fruit and vegetables oceans of wine and brandy a beautiful coastline the Georgians would be even better off than before Instead of which the lights went off There was a crazy civil war two totally avoidable secession wars which evicted a quarter of a million destitute refugees and the economy collapsedEight years after independence Steavenson spent winter like most Georgians sleeping in her clothes and reading by candlelight in a flat where electric light heating and hot water came on only for a few unpredictable hours of ecstasy each week Children asked their parents what radiators were for Adults surviving on vodka and rotten cigarettes asked what the Georgian government was forIn spite of this foreigners who visit Georgia are still entranced Hospitality to strangers is a religion Steavensons life there began with one of those endless Georgian picnics that start as a lunch and end in the middle of the night borne along by the endless toasts and speeches commanded by the Tamada master of ceremonies I was happy charmed drunk and beguiled like thousands of guests and invaders before me in the land of hospitality But soon she understood that those who make strangers happy are not always happy themselves Forcing guests to drink too much can be an act of aggression What is it like to be a Georgian hostSteavensons friends incessantly told her stories about their country and
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