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Borders Up!: Eastern Europe through the bottom of a glass by [Vitaliev, Vitali]

Borders Up!: Eastern Europe through the bottom of a glass Kindle Edition

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The miseries of life under Communism were such that most intelligent people took to drink--not just to the odd social glass, but to mad obsessive drinking of the sort that leads less to hangovers than to falling asleep on frozen streets. Exiled journalist Vitaliev, no stranger to the bottle himself, took on the task of finding whether alcoholic consumption had continued at Soviet levels in the newly capitalist former Soviet bloc. A purist in his pursuit of plainest of plain vodkas, he gallantly consumes Czech beer and Bulgarian wine and meditates extensively on the mentalities that go with different sorts of drinking--he is equally and entertainingly rude about lager louts and wine bores. The book is also a farewell to alcohol--Vitaliev, already suffering from a stomach ulcer, decided after all this that perhaps drinking was simply a bad idea. And, as he journeys around Central and Eastern Europe, people in bars tell him stories--it is perhaps above all in these casually told and not wholly relevant funny stories that he puts together most convincingly his picture of a world that has got out from under an oppressive system without really knowing what comes next. --Roz Kaveney


Can the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe adjust to the demands of capitalism and adapt to the cultural shift it requires? The collapse of the Russian economy suggests not, but Vitali Vitaliev reveals a population defiant and colourful in the face of, sometimes, terrible hardship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2162 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908756519
  • Publisher: Thrust Books (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,470,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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