Posted Jul 02, 2007 10:52 pm CDT
When Alex Frischberg moved from Hogan & Hartson to his native Kiev 16 years ago, he wound up with not only a new and exciting place to practice law as a corporate attorney but lots of dramatic material for a budding career as a writer.
Rampant racketeering, widespread corruption and bungling bureaucracy in the Ukrainian city in the 1990s led to dramatic fictional accounts based on his real-life experiences, reports the Baltimore Jewish Times. Frischberg also met and married his wife, Lena, and had a son during the past decade.
“These days few can afford to pay bribes to state doctors, and fewer still get medical supplies like antibiotics and disposable syringes,” he writes in “Life on the Outpost,” one of a dozen short stories he has authored since his return to Kiev. “Each winter scores of pensioners die quietly in their apartments, completely unnoticed for lack of basic medical care. To make things worse, the authorities here do not bury people anymore; the land plots are too expensive and the caskets are out of [the] price range of most, if not all, pensioners.”