Both a summation and a new beginning for Vitaliev, Life as a Literary Device is an analysis of how literature has bound his life and an exploration of how to survive in the modern world. Vitaliev is the Ukranian-born cultural commentator and journalist whose life has been spent exploring the curious, the unusual and the plain dotty manifestations of human life around the world. The author of cult classics, such as Dreams on Hitler's Couch, Vitaliev has a tremendously wry take on the human species as it goes about its daily life.
Vitali Vitaliev was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the then Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organised crime and the all-permeating corruption in the collapsing country. His fearless stance ultimately led to his defection in 1990, following months of persecution by the KGB.
He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI and has contributed to newspapers and magazines all over the world.
He is the author of eleven books, including cult classics such as Dreams on Hitler's Couch, Borders Up, Vitali's Ireland and Passport to Enclavia.
Vitali now lives in Hertfordshire.