I got some sample pages in my inbox the other day for BORAT: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A. and Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It’s been a year since the Borat film and though I think the film holds up for the most part, part of me thinks if there’s a backlash, we’ll see it here. If the repetition by fans didn’t ruin the humor for you, the callbacks from the book will likely ring pretty strong. And even if you can anticipate Borat rhythms, I still laugh when he mixes up things like “martial artist” and “murderer.”
From these pages the Borat book looks like it won’t have the joke density of other works, but the attention of detail still looks to be there in the design. With the askew yellowed pages and distressed type, it certainly looks like a book made in the Borat’s version of Kazakhstan. That can only add to the humor.
It’ll be interesting to see how the second half of the book on Kazakhstan compares with the earlier fake travel guide Molvania, which targeted a fictional slavic country. Most of the sample pages below however are from the U.S of A side of the book.
It looks to be solid bathroom reading - if you can do that without worrying about Borat taking a picture of you “making toilet.”
Take a peek in the gallery below: