Synopses & Reviews
The Road to Rome
relates a Soviet Casanova's secret love affairs with women from the West: these encounters are his way of breaking out of stifling Soviet reality and into an exotic and forbidden world. Eventually able to travel abroad, he ends up spending a year in America and returns to Moscow - the Third Rome - a changed man. The appeal of this book is not only in its infectious eroticism, its wit and humor, but mainly in its masterful portrayal of Soviet Russia in the 1970s. Nominated for the Russian Booker Prize, The Road to Rome
was named one of the ten best books of 1994.
"The Road to Rome
is a veritable Moscow Decameron." -Novy Mir
"A veritable Moscow Decameron," "the Soviet Casanova of Russian literature". Naughty autobiographical narratives about the late 1970s in the USSR.
Klimontovich, like most intellectuals of his generation, suffered from a "confinement complex", lacking the freedom to travel and see the world. This is the subject of his best-selling book The Road to Rome relating his picaresque encounters with women from the West as his way of breaking out of stifling Soviet reality and into an exotic and forbidden world.
About the Author
Born in 1951, klimontovich made a living as a reporter before becoming the prize-winning novelist and playwright he is today. The son of a famous physicist, an Academician, he was also trained as a physicist while writing stories and plays from the age of 19. His works never passed the Soviet censorship and were rejected by publishers and journals alike on grounds of their "erroneous aesthetic and ideological views."