Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum

Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum

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CINICO: TRAVELS WITH A GOOD PROFESSOR AT THE TIME OF THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM
by Allan Cameron

Pages: 194
ISBN: 978-1-908251-82-4
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 14 mm
Publication: 18 September 2017 (Available from end of May)*

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With a Scottish professor of politics as his guide, a London-based Italian journalist traverses Scotland seeking a “big story” on the independence referendum. What he gets instead are small stories from myriad points of view: a Ukrainian nationalist, a Russian religious guru, an eccentric Estonian, an Algerian and a dying man, amongst others.

After a chaotic romance with a Scottish campaigner, the journalist, aptly named Cinico de Oblivii, leaves his post in London and moves to Greece where, reflecting on his time in Scotland, he writes a memoir (this book). Through his anecdotes we encounter the full spectrum of ideas on Scottish independence, including the ones Cinico’s editor wouldn’t publish.

Beyond exploring Scotland’s political scene and its place in Europe, Cinico’s stories examine how Europeans interpret each other and, more generally, how people interrelate within a social context. Like Voltaire’s Candide, Cinico starts with a mindset incapable of bringing him either understanding or contentment, but ends up with an awareness that, though insufficient for the elusive happiness we all seek, is sufficient enough for a perfectly acceptable human existence.