Lost in the Taiga by Vasily Peskov
One Russian Family's Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness

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A Russian journalist provides a haunting account of the Lykovs, a family of Old Believers, members of a fundamentalist sect, who, in 1932, went to live in the depths of the Siberian Taiga and have survived for more than fifty years apart from the modern world.

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Published June 1, 1994 by Doubleday. 254 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Given the resistance to modernity among religious fanatics, and given Russia's troubled encounter with modernity and the vastness of the land, Peskov writes, ``it is not hard to imagine many similar retreats cropping up...The taiga has swallowed up many small monasteries, poor huts and grave cros...

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They gratefully accepted presents that eased their taxing self-sufficiency, like goats, chickens and proper footwear, but rejected such products as canned food: ``We are not allowed that.'' The Lykovs expressed their thanks by reciprocating with gifts of pine nuts and potatoes.

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