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

By Vitali Vitaliev

One might think that with the cave in of Communism, East Europeans might drink less than prior to. A democratic society may still absolutely manage to supply many extra technique of get away than alcohol – books, unfastened press, international commute and the cornucopia of shopper goods.

The truth, notwithstanding, is particularly various; ingesting within the post-communist jap Europe has elevated dramatically because the fall of the Berlin Wall, and lots of the new democracies of Europe got here most sensible of the checklist of the world’s fastest-growing countries following the autumn of the iron curtain. twist of fate? Paradox? Curious old aberration? Or a logical results of years of social turmoil, lies and double criteria that experience created a vacuum in people’s souls, a religious vacancy which spirits by myself can fill?

Vitali Vitaliev spent 11 months attempting to resolution those questions traveling round japanese and imperative Europe, a trip via beverages – vodka and beer, palinka and slivovitz, zubrovka and Riesling, Tokaji and cabernet sauvignon. the result's this booklet: a pointy and sardonic travelogue that's either informative and extremely, very funny.

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