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Passport to Enclavia: Travels in Search of a European Identity: Travels in Search of European Identity Paperback – 14 Oct 2008
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Vitali Vitaliev is that rare thing: a comic writer who is also serious. Read this book for the pleasure of Vitaliev's wry take on human folly and for his penetrating analysis of a continent grappling with manifold dilemmas. He is, as always, a great travelling companion. --Douglas Kennedy<br /><br />Imagine Michael Palin, Clive Anderson and Bill Bryson all rolled into one and you ll have some idea of what to expect. --Ego
Imagine Michael Palin, Clive Anderson and Bill Bryson all rolled into one and you ll have some idea of what to expect. --Ego
About the Author
Vitali Vitaliev is a prolific multi-award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He has written for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and has made several TV documentaries. As the first investigative journalist in the old Soviet Union, Vitali Vitaliev was forced to defect from the USSR by the KGB in January 1990 and became widely known in the West for his regular appearances on TV and radio.
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Vitaliev takes the reader on an original trip around European enclaves - describing, as he perambulates, various Western European (and other) national characteristics. I now know more than I did about Europe, and, equally as important, Europe at a pivotal time in its history. Both literature and history need these kinds of journalistic books. Where would we be without Pepys' diary?
In addition to Vitaliev's informed opinions about identity, and his thorough analysis of the varying quality of coffee being prepared by European baristas, `Passport to Enclavia' is peppered with insightful quotes and nuggets of wisdom from a plethora of celebrated social commentators.
Well worth a read.