More pastiche: Molvania


Do correct me if I’m wrong, but try as I may to detect racist undertones, Molvania: a land untouched by modern dentistry (first and most outstanding in the series Jetlag travel guides) still seems hilarious to me in its loving pastiche of the popular style of travel guides, rather than any perceived slight to Funny Foreigners. Indeed, it spares no energy in exposing racist sterotypes.

The style is faithfully observed, right down to the contributors’ biographies.

Molvania 1

The restaurant reviews are convincing:

Molvania 2

And further to my comments on historical recreation:

Molvania 3

Nor does Molvania neglect music:

Molvania 4

A passage from the sequel Phaic Tăn: sunstroke on a shoestring might come in handy in a lecture on music and socialism:

During the 60s, many Phaic Tănese folk groups were forced to practice in secret. This was not due to government policy, it was a result of their neighbours complaining.

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