UK: Faber & Faber US: Charles Scribner Russia: Amphora Press Poland: Czarne

LOST COSMONAUT documents Daniel Kalder's travels in the bizarre and mysterious worlds
of Russia's ethnic republics. Obsessed with a quest he never fully understands Kalder boldly
goes where no man has gone before: in the deserts of Kalmykia he stumbles upon a city
dedicated to chess and a forgotten tribe of Mongols; in Mari El, home to Europe's last pagan
nation, he meets the Chief Druid and participates in an ancient rite; while in the bleak
industrial badlands of Udmurtia, Kalder looks for Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK 47
and inadvertently becomes a TV star. Profane yet wise, utterly honest yet full of lies,
is an eye- opening, blackly comic tour of the most alien planet in our cosmos:

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Selected as one of the best non-fiction books of 2006 by Amazon UK.

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Cover of Polish edition
Alternative, even uglier orange US cover