And speaking of -stans…

From Reuters (“‘Kazakh’ reporter Borat pens book of travel advice”):

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fictional Kazakh television reporter Borat Sagdiyev, who made movie audiences around the world laugh and cringe as he toured the United States, is going into print with a book of travel advice.

Borat, the creation of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has signed a book deal with Flying Dolphin Press, an imprint of Random House Inc.’s Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group.

Suzanne Herz, publisher of Flying Dolphin Press, said it will be two books in one — one half a guide to the United States for Kazakhs and the other half a guide to Kazakhstan for Westerners.

The book, to be released in hardcover, will have a dual title: “Borat: Touristic Guidings To Minor Nation of U.S. and A.” and “Borat: Touristic Guidings To Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

The movie was hilarious, but will Cohen’s comedy — which depends so much on the reactions of unwitting dupes, captured on-camera — translate to the page? I am to curious making.



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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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