by Caleb Crain
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The story of Americans exiling themselves to Europe has been told many times. These poor souls just won't give up their search for new answers in the old world. In the past few years, characters like Ben Lerner's narrator in Leaving the Atocha Station have gone abroad, hoping to find their real selves by leaving behind everything that's ever defined them. Usually, what they want to flee goes with them—personal baggage on a trip to the continent. So they return to the same question that's been asked time and again: Can a change of scenery solve problems we have with ourselves? Has an existential crisis ever had a geographical solution?
Young and Ivy League–educated, Jacob Putnam arrives in Czechoslovakia for a year in the fall of 1990. He doesn't strike strangers as gay, but he is. He wants to write, but he demurs
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