Although books about Eastern Europe tend these days to become outdated even as they are being written, the British author's journey, related with delightfully subtle wit, has period charm. A lone traveler making his way from the Federal Republic across the Berlin Wall to the DDR, on to Prague, Cracow, Riga, Vilnius and Leningrad, Tanner, a one-time Anglican seminarian and now a correspondent in Belgrade, seems not to have detected signs of the ferment about to erupt. He found the mainline DDR folk ``pronouncedly bourgeois''; that the Czechs ``neither learn nor forget anything''; that the Poles are enterprising at fleecing the Western tourist; that in Vilnius and Leningrad, even with Intourist to take over the burden of arranging his accommodations, his hotels proved to be ``dumps.'' The main interest in the book, however, is in the history Tanner relates, especially about unfamiliar Lithuania. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991 Release date: 01/01/1991 Genre: Nonfiction
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