Rory MacLean discusses his new book, Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe.
“When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were – for most Brits and Americans – part of the forgotten half of Europe. Now MacLean has retraced his original journey, backwards, to find out why the great hopes of thirty years ago have come to nothing.
“He unearths the realities of Eastern Europe, drawing on the stories of individuals to create a dark, anarchic portrait of the people who ran off with all the wealth, of the people left behind, and of betrayed lands with porous borders open to rampant corruption from drugs to arms.
“MacLean highlights how opportunists have made a joke of truth by perpetrating fake news and enflaming xenophobia. From oligarch Moscow and a Black Sea Nowhereland, to Brexit Lancashire and central London, multiple forces are shaping lands and lives; this is both a tragic and timely examination of the collapsing European dream in a post-Brexit world.”