This surreal and darkly comic tale is based on the author's journey from Berlin to Moscow, through Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania, only weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Rory Maclean was born and educated in Canada. His book include best-sellersStalin's Nose andUnder the Dragon, He has won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work prize and an Arts Council Writers' Award, was twice shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Prize and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary award. Born and educated in Canada, he lives with his family in Dorset.
‘A minor masterpiece of comic surrealism.’ –The Times
"Crazy, charming, a delight." --John le Carré
"Eccentric, amusing and chilling."--The Economist
"The best book I’ve read for a long time." --John Wells
"As an allegory it is powerful and frequently moving. As a tale it is tremendous fun. It is also a thing of beauty.'" --Jan Morris
"The most extraordinary debut in travel writing since In Patagonia. A park, sardonic and brilliant book which grows in stature with every page." --William Dalrymple
"The wittiest, most surreal travel writing of recent years." --Frank Delaney
"A truly wonderful writer who has delved into the human condition around the world for two decades to create a canon of work that is invigorating, heartbreaking, hilarious, slyly seditious and ultimately illuminating." --Toronto Sun
"There is pathos—and adventure—in spades…Stalin’s Noseis an essential companion for anyone travelling to a part of the world still recovering from the horrors of the giant confidence trick that was communism." --Financial Times
"It is a painful book of bitter old ages, or lives which have had their meanings repeatedly declared void. It is very hard and very good." --Guardian
"MacLean is…the only major travel writer of his generation who is still exclusively and self-consciously a literary writer about travel. He is also one of the best around."--William Dalrymple,Prospect