A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains
In his astonishing new work, Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, trains his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is but one explanation among hundreds for the region’s fascinating, enduring appeal. In Travels in Siberia, Frazier reveals Siberia’s role in history—its science, economics, and politics—with great passion and enthusiasm, ensuring that we’ll never think about it in the same way again.
With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia’s most famous exiles, from the well-known—Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)—to the lesser known (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the empress for copying her dresses) to those who experienced unimaginable suffering in Siberian camps under the Soviet regime, forever immortalized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago.
Travels in Siberia is also a unique chronicle of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, a personal account of adventures among Russian friends and acquaintances, and, above all, a unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the “amazingness” of Russia—a country that, for all its tragic history, somehow still manages to be funny. Travels in Siberia will undoubtedly take its place as one of the twenty-first century’s indispensable contributions to the travel-writing genre.
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The peripatetic author of Great Plains (1989) and On the Rez (2000) returns with an energetic, illuminating account of his several trips to Siberia, where his ferocious curiosity roamed the vast, enigmatic area.Oct 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Frazier walked through one of the barracks where inmates starved and froze in the Siberian winter: “This interior offered little to think about besides the limitless periods of suffering that had been crossed off here, and the unquiet rest these bunks had held.” As always, Frazier locates the apt...Oct 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
And in this vast and sometimes impenetrable place where so many of modern Russia's historical personalities were formed (Lenin and Solzhenitsyn, for instance), you get a feeling for what has kept Russia always close to Europe without every really being of it.Apr 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
He observes at the start of the cross-continental journey that ''travel, like much else in life, can be more fun to read about than to do.'' This holds true here: While the hand- and mind-numbing trip through geographic purgatory couldn't have been a joy, the humor and genuine awe Frazier injects...Oct 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
It took bestselling author Ian Frazier (“On the Rez” and “The Great Plains”) about 16 years and countless back-and-forths to Russia to pen his latest ponderous but often evocative adventurelogue, Travels in Siberia.Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Over the next 16 years, he took half a dozen trips to western Russia and five separate visits to Siberia to study "the incomplete grandiosity of Russia."Oct 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Having evocatively captured the spirit of a Native American reservation and the American Great Plains in earlier work, Frazier set his sights on a much grander levelâhe decided to travel across Siberia.Nov 10 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Travels in Siberia is a typically sprawling Frazier book."Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Reaching into Asian and Russian history, Frazier enlivens the travels and travails of travelers, explorers, adventure seekers, and the politically persecuted as they make their way, either willingly or abjectly, in Siberia.| Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
Ultimately Frazier is left to quote poet Fyodor Tyutchev: ‘Russia cannot be understood by the mind… all you can do is believe in her.’ One can begin to believe by reading Frazier’s Travels in Siberia, which follows five of his trips to Russia’s wild east (even bumping into Lonely Planet author S...Feb 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Travels in Siberia
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