Asking for trouble and getting it, Moore sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.Read more...
Asking for trouble and getting it, Moore sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland. Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink.
Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse--at a time of renewed East-West tension. After three months, twenty countries and a fifty-eight degree jaunt up the thermostat, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.
- ISBN-13: 9781681772998
- ISBN-10: 168177299X
- Publisher: Pegasus Books
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Moore (Gironimo!) uses the Iron Curtain Trail (Euro Velo 13) to riff and muse on the state of the Eastern Bloc region a quarter century after the Blocs demise. The British travel writer and everyman cyclist undertakes a quixotic 20-country adventure on a two-wheeled Rocinantean East Germanera shopper bike that proves a capable and symbolic partner for personal and political discovery. His honest takes generally include respect for all (except Russians) amid the cheek-by-jowl diversity he encounters. In central Europe, Moore provides a potent mix of western nostalgia and apologia with disdain for the cynical Communist experiment. The deepest insights come between entering Russias doorstep after an eternal trip through frozen Finland and unexpectedly seeing the first trickle of Syrian refugees at the Serbo-Hungarian border. Moore also gives readers inviting glimpses of pivotal Cold War sites such as Gdansk, Poland; Berlin; and Sopron, Hungary. After Serbia, man and bike limp to the Black Sea finish line in this bittersweet memoir. (Jan.)