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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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...| Read Full Review of In Siberia
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.Apr 22 2011 | Read Full Review of In Siberia
Joshua Hammer Oregonian 4 of 5 Stars "Frazier's Travels in Siberia is the biggest and best of his serious books.Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of In Siberia
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