While enticing with the works of literary predecessors from Rebecca West to Chekhov and the nineteenth-century French aristocrat the Marquis de Custine, Nicolay explores the previous and way forward for punk rock tradition within the post-Communist international within the type of publication a punk rock Paul Theroux may need written, with a humor equivalent to Gary Shteyngart. An audacious debut from a shiny new voice, The Humorless girls of Border Control is an unforgettable, humorous, and sharply drawn depiction of strangely strong hidden areas tucked inside remote lands.
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