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

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

byVitali Vitaliev

Kobo ebook | January 27, 2015

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One would assume that with the collapse of Communism, East Europeans would drink much less than before. A democratic society should surely be able to provide many more means of escape than alcohol – books, free press, foreign travel and the cornucopia of consumer goods.

The reality, however, is very different; drinking in the post-communist Eastern Europe has increased dramatically since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and most of the new democracies of Europe came top of the list of the world’s fastest-growing nations following the fall of the iron curtain. Coincidence? Paradox? Curious historic aberration? Or a logical result of years of social turmoil, lies and double standards that have created a vacuum in people’s souls, a spiritual emptiness which spirits alone can fill?

Vitali Vitaliev spent eleven months trying to answer these questions travelling around Eastern and Central Europe, a journey through drinks – vodka and beer, palinka and slivovitz, zubrovka and Riesling, Tokaji and cabernet sauvignon. The result is this book: a sharp and sardonic travelogue that is both informative and very, very funny.

Title:Borders Up!: Eastern Europe through the bottom of a glassFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Thrust BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1908756586

ISBN - 13:9781908756589

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