Lost Cosmonaut, by Daniel Kalder, Faber & Faber, €18.95.
Given the number of travelogues it has been the subject of since opening its borders in the early 1990s, the former Soviet Union would seem to be the new Provence. Its barren steppes, vast open spaces, eventful politics and high weirdo quotient all lend themselves easily to vivid anecdotage and reportage.
Of course, any writer trying to write a book about the world’s largest country has...
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