"Vitali Vitaliev is that rare thing: a comic writer who is also serious. And what he says about the shifting currents of anEurope trying to redefine its identity in the wake of so many changedgeo-political realities is never less than compelling. Read this book for thepleasure of Vitaliev's wry take on human folly and for his penetrating analysisof a continent grappling with manifold dilemmas. He is, as always, a greattraveling companion."DouglasKennedy
"This exploration of European identity makesfor a fascinating, often very funny, journey; and like all the best travellers,Vitaliev can also be magnificently grumpy."
"Imagine MichaelPalin, Clive Anderson and Bill Bryson all rolled into one and you'll have someidea of what to expect."
"Vitaliev's good book is about the nature ofenclaves, the futility of frontiers and the ingenious and amusing ways thatpeople bothered by customs, border guards, permits and forms manage to swatthem away with minimum fuss."
About the Author
VitaliVitaliev was born in 1954 in Kharkiv, Ukraine and studied French and English atKharkiv University. He then became the first investigative journalist in theSoviet Union. As a resuIt, he was forced to defect from the USSR by the KGB inJanuary 1990. He has become widely known in the West for his regularappearances on TV and radio. Vitaliev has published twelve books which havebeen translated into a number of languages. He has contributed regularly to theGuardian
, the European
, the Daily Telegraph
and others, and hasalso made several TV documentaries. He is currently Features Editor of E&Tmagazine and lives near London.
"VitaliVitaliev is a star in the making."Time
"Vitalievhas an irrepressible sense of humour"