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Why Come to Slaka?

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This is a guidebook to a mysteriously mobile piece of Europe, Slaka! Slaka was used as the backdrop to the author's Rates of Exchange and here he confirms that the place is still the same - captivating, infuriating, bureaucratic, anarchic, comic and sinister.
Paperback, 114 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Picador USA (first published November 5th 1987)
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So back in the early 1980s, Malcolm Bradbury wrote a humorous novel called Rates of Exchange about the travels of an English academic in an imaginary Soviet-bloc country called Slaka. (Which I swear from the name appeared to me to be Albania or Yugoslavia, but which other people suggest could be Romania or Bulgaria or Czechoslovakia...)

No matter. Three years later, Bradbury took his conceit to the next level and concocted this slim volume - a fictional travel guide to his fictional country. The
Kevin Warne
I picked up this book by chance at a book store that was going out of business. It's a satirical guidebook to a fictional Eastern European communist country called Slaka. It's a very quick read and the same kinds of jokes about inefficient bureaucracy and police control over and over again. Depsite that, it feels familiar to anyone who has ever done a lot of traveling and found themselves in places that were equally confusing, frustrating and oddly charming in all their chaos. This is the compan ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? This historical document depicts Slaka in a moment in time. And though Slaka, that little country once known as a bloody battlefield, has now joined the ranks of (soon-to-be) members of the Eurozone, Schengen area admittance is still some ways off. At any rate, Slaka-ophiles will enjoy this peek into its recent past and note how this nation has begun to capitalize on its "folklorical" heritage--its annual peach brandy (rot'vittii) festival is not to be missed!

For those who have s
Peter Rooijmans
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is by itself almost a good reason to found the country of Slaka!
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Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic. He is best known to a wider public as a novelist. Although he is often compared with David Lodge, his friend and a contemporary as a British exponent of the campus novel genre, Bradbury's books are consistently darker in mood and less playful both in style and language. His best known novel The History Man, published in 1975, is ...more