Truly a masterly performance . . . The book has so many qualities that it is impossible to mention them all. Fatland masters the genre to perfection . . . The Border transcends all borders. Reading it is a true delight.
Masterly . . . A Norwegian Marco Polo . . . The lines of force of history become clear thanks to this thorough and well-written book by one of our best and most original young nonfiction authors.
The Border is like a kinderegg, it is a travel book, a history book, and a biography of people we normally do not hear much about but to whom we become close through Fatland's long Odyssey.
The strength of Fatland's second travel book lies in its ability to make history come alive through stories . . . Well-informed, precise, astute in its restraint, entertaining, balanced and not without the occasional dose of gentle irony - every chapter written by this border-crosser, who doesn't shy away from any ordeal, is captivating reading.
She weaves her travel narrative with stories of people whose lives have been affected by Russia's geopolitical ambitions. Armchair adventurers and Russian history buffs are in for a treat.
The latest from Norwegian social anthropologist Erika Fatland, who's shaping up to be one of the Nordics' most exciting new travel writers . . . An examination of Russia from its fringes, this is an interesting way to 'see' a country without ever actually going into it. And it offers up some pretty epic peripheral vision.
Erika Fatland deserves both applause and thanks for this impressive mix of history, reportage and travel memoir