An unsettling, poignant and darkly comic expose of Putin's Russia and European disintegration from the highly acclaimed travel writer.
Rory MacLean is one of Britain's most expressive and adventurous travel writers. His books - which have been translated into a dozen languages - include the Sunday Times bestseller Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon and Berlin: Imagine a City, which was named a Book of the Year by the Washington Post.
[A] gripping book, part-travelogue, part contemporary history of
Europe ... MacLean is an accomplished writer; his immersive prose
crackles with wit and wry humour, and captures scenes and
personalities with aplomb -- Daniel Beer * Guardian *
This is a timely book. It addresses the challenges of a fractious and fractured Europe ... MacLean is a compassionate writer, and he balances his stories of men and women of power ... with those of the dispossessed -- Sara Wheeler * Spectator *
This is a tremendous thing that MacLean is creating; a new kind of history, in several dimensions and innumerable moods, that adds up to - across the span of his books - a great and continuing work of literature -- Jan Morris
[An] eye-opening travelogue ... Sometimes darkly funny, often surprising and always compelling -- Tom Hawker * Wanderlust *
A gem of a book, informative, companionable, sometimes funny, and wholly original. MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time -- John le Carre
No one writes quite like Rory MacLean -- Robert Macfarlane
MacLean combines vivid reportage with unabashed soapboxing. The result is an engrossing travelogue that's both trenchantly observant and deeply felt * Publishers Weekly *
A triumph ... MacLean paints a convincing portrait of a Europe in turmoil -- Hugh MacDonald * Herald *
MacLean sheds some bleak light on the manoeuvers of post-Soviet Russia and populist, post-truth Europe in the decades since the Wall came down ... By turns fascinating and chilling -- Richard Smyth * Geographical *
MacLean excels at sketches. He uses them to tell deeper stories ... Every few pages, you light on a gem of observation -- Michael Sheridan * Tablet *