Klimontovich, like most intellectuals of his generation, suffered from a "confinement complex", lacking the freedom to travel and see the world. This is the subject of his best-selling book The Road to Rome relating his picaresque encounters with women from the West as his way of breaking out of stifling Soviet reality and into an exotic and forbidden world.
About the Author
Born in 1951, klimontovich made a living as a reporter before becoming the prize-winning novelist and playwright he is today. The son of a famous physicist, an Academician, he was also trained as a physicist while writing stories and plays from the age of 19. His works never passed the Soviet censorship and were rejected by publishers and journals alike on grounds of their "erroneous aesthetic and ideological views."