Via one-way tickets, Quebec journalist Frédérick Lavoie travels and queries the world. The reporter—a curious and insatiable traveller—takes us on the roads of the “Post-Soviet Union,” a geopolitical entity buffeted between Europe and Asia, unified by a common past and an uncertain future. Between the revolutionary hopes of young Belarusians in a prison in Minsk, the hate speech of neo-Nazis in Vladivostok, the misfortunes of a poor Uzbek babushka within the Turkmen dictatorship, and the dreams of grandeur of a Chechen village chief, the author shares moments in the life of the ex-Soviets he rubbed shoulders with during his reports from the four corners of the fallen empire.
Allers simples reveals a number of usually inaccessible realities.
Soberly, unabatedly assuming the role of witness rather than tourist, Lavoie revisits in Allers simples his notebooks and old stories in order to make us see and understand.
Christian Desmeules, Le Devoir
Frédérick Lavoie is a careful observer, a master storyteller, too. … The strength of the book lies in his interest in the people behind the news. Somewhere between travelogue and longform journalism, Frédérick Lavoie induces in his various accounts a dose of subjectivity that would be impossible in an article.
Frédérick Lavoie travels the globe, pen in hand. His keen eye is plainly visible in this captivating journey among the USSR’s former republics. … This sensitive collection, skilful and full of humanity, transports the reader to the other end of the world. And we love the experience…
Dominique Lemieux, Le Libraire
Frédérick Lavoie is a modern-day adventurer showing the hidden side of the world. A fascinating narrative, lively and disturbing. I read it like an adventure novel.
With Allers simples, [Frédérick Lavoie] shows that not only can he tie together the loose ends of a good story on the unrest in the Caucasus or some peripheral state, but that he can reach wider themes, with hollowed-out portraits and a sharp historical reading.
With intelligence and lucidity, [Frédérick Lavoie] gives us the fruit of his experience, meetings and observations in places where democracy isn’t always a welcomed concept. We liked coming out of this book both transformed and informed.
Lisanne Rheault-Leblanc, 7 jours
Should you not have enough for a ticket to Moscow this summer, run buy Allers simples, from Quebec journalist Frédérick Lavoie. … Refreshing!