New Europe (book)
|Series||Michael Palin's Trips|
|Publisher||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Media type||Print (Hardback|
This book, like the other books that Michael Palin wrote following each of his seven trips for the BBC, consists both of his text and of many photographs to illustrate the trip. All of the pictures in this book were taken by Basil Pao, the stills photographer who was part of the team who did the trip.
The book contains 21 chapters: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kaliningrad/Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany. The book is presented in a diary format; Palin starts each section of the book with a heading such as "Day Forty One: Selçuk". Not all days are mentioned, in part a result of the trip as a whole being broken up into several shorter trips.
A recurring theme in the book are the questions of how the citizens of these countries compare the current situation with the Communist years, and the expectations these people have of the future and the enlarged European Union.
Palin occasionally commits glaring errors in the book. Most strikingly, he refers to the Estonian language as being made up of thousands of "characters", when it is in fact written in the Latin script.
New Europe has been released as an audio book, read by Palin himself, allowing the listener to hear his wit and charm, and his ability to do accents.
- Full text of New Europe at Palin's Travels