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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Thrust Books; 1st edition (25 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908756721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908756725
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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

Born in the Ukraine, Vitali Vitaliev has lived in Russia, Britain and Australia before temporarily moving to Ireland in recent years. He is a prolific multi-award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. A columnist for a number of British and Australian national newspapers, he appeared regularly on radio and television. His books include Dateline Freedom: revelations of an unwilling exile and Little is the Light: nostalgic travels in the mini states of Europe.


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A potentially interesting travelogue ruined by anti EU rantings. It could have been so much better. Will be popular among Daily Maill readers... Mine is binned.
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An excellent book which is extremely well written. It covers the extraordinary circumstances of particular pieces of Europe who although belonging to one country are surrounded by another. Some of these enclaves seem to have a strange identity almost as living in a no man's land existence. The book has been written very objectively and perspectively by an author who has asked the right questions in his travels. There is also the odd circumstances whereby neither one or other of the countries will take responsibility for the particular enclave. This is particular true for taxes and law enforcement. It is a book well worth reading.
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Vitali Vitaliev guides us through some of Europe's weirdest countries - enclaves of nationality standing up for their own identity in the Euro-soup that is the EU. He's witty, entertaining and sometimes downright depressed as he tours these last outposts of idiosyncracy and meets their embattled inhabitants. In the light of the present European crisis, you decide that Vitali has been right all along, and by the end of the book you find yourself completely on his side as he rails against the Brussels Bureaucrats.
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Identity is a central part of the human experience. Vitaliev is superbly qualified and equipped to explore it. Having myself long struggled with identity, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity this book provides to understand the experiences of others - and, during Vitaliev's physical and philosophic journey, explore my own sense of identity.
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.
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