In Siberia by Colin Thubron

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As mysterious as its beautiful, as forbidding as it is populated with warm-hearted people, Syberia is a land few Westerners know, and even fewer will ever visit. Traveling alone, by train, boat, car, and on foot, Colin Thubron traversed this vast territory, talking to everyone he encountered about the state of the beauty, whose natural resources have been savagely exploited for decades; a terrain tainted by nuclear waste but filled with citizens who both welcomed him and fed him—despite their own tragic poverty. From Mongoloia to the Artic Circle, from Rasputin's village in the west through tundra, taiga, mountains, lakes, rivers, and finally to a derelict Jewish community in the country's far eastern reaches, Colin Thubron penetrates a little-understood part of the world in a way that no writer ever has.


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Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing. His first books were about the Middle East—Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians; Behind the Wall: A Journey through China; The Lost Heart of Asia; In Siberia; and most recently, Shadow of the Silk Road. Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Here Frazier records several visits: a summer’s trip via cantankerous automobile across the entire region, in the company of a couple of local companions;

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Thubron’s prose poetry is abrupt, frugal, and glinting——An old man sits in his dacha in the Golden Valley,— begins one episode—and he is a wary reporter: —The only signs of truth would be chance ones: damp wallpaper of indiscreet secretaries or the way the man’s hands wrenched together.— And if S...

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The village, run down and forgotten in many ways, nonetheless shows a certain kind of primal energy that is timeless, and you get a feeling reading this section that you could be reading a passage from a modern day Dostoevsky, a searcher moving through remote places, looking for he knows not what.

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Joshua Hammer Oregonian 4 of 5 Stars "Frazier's Travels in Siberia is the biggest and best of his serious books.

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