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Molvanîa: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry (2003)

by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner (Author), Tom Gleisner (Author), Rob Sitch (Author), Rob Sitch (Author)

Other authors: Trisha (maps) Garner (Cover designer), Martine Lleonart (Editor), Kim Roberts (Illustrator)

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This humorous guide contains everything you need to plan your trip to Molvania. The authors take an entertaining look at local etiquette, food and places to stay.

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  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
Molvania: A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry is a spoof travel guide to a fictitious Eastern European country, written by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch. The cover bears effusive praise from the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and Time Out ("It will be genuinely surprising if anyone publishes a funnier book this decade").

I have to admit I was severely underwhelmed by the reading experience - the book is stuffed full of cleverly set-up one-liners, but there is a limit to how many put-downs of eastern Europeans stereotypes (most of which are somewhat outdated, if the immigrant population of the UK is anything to go by!) I can read in one sitting.

The jokes are really quite funny:

"Taxis used to be a nightmare throughout the Eastern Steppes region but are now properly regulated. In Lublova all cabs must be licensed and fumigated at least once a month. Drivers are also obliged to have their photo ID on constant display, showing name, licence number and proof they've recently attended an anger management class." (to be introduced in London? Please?)

"When the imposing six-storey chateau Sucjevitaopened in 1996, Sasava did not have a single high-quality hotel. It still does not."

But in high doses (more than a page), the jokes become galling. The book would make marvellous toilet reading, or an excellent gift for someone you don't really know at all. Or serialised on one of those desk calendars. ( )
  readingwithtea | Mar 15, 2011 |
Silly satirical travel guide to a fictional nation is not suited to sustained reading but rewards short sampling. ( )
  TheoClarke | Feb 23, 2011 |
A spoof travel book of some note and funny with it - depending on your sense of humour.
  jon1lambert | Jan 24, 2011 |
Loved it, loved it, loved it. It was so funny! Fantastic comic travel writing. ( )
  adeej | Oct 17, 2009 |
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The idea here -- a fake travel guide to a nonexistent country, looking and reading like a Frommer's -- may seem like a one-joke gimmick, but the execution, by a trio of Australian satirists, is sublimely brilliant.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Santo Cilauroprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gleisner, TomAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gleisner, TomAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sitch, RobAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sitch, RobAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Garner, Trisha (maps)Cover designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lleonart, MartineEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, KimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richard, NicolasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Despite being one of the smallest countries in Europe, the Republic of Molvania has much to offer the discerning tourist.
La république de Molvanie a beau être l'un des plus petits pays d'Europe, elle a beaucoup à offrir au touriste exigeant.
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