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  • Published: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459293
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99
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Among The Russians


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'A magnificent achievement' - Nikolai Tolstoy, The Times

Among the Russians is a marvellous account of a solitary journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia. A gifted writer and intrepid traveller, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity and relays his extraordinary journey in characteristically lyrical style. This is an enthralling and revealing account of the habits and idiosyncrasies of a fascinating nation along with a sharp and insightful social commentary of Russian life.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459293
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the Author

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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Praise for Among The Russians

“The Soviet Union is seen through a glass brightly... What makes the book so readable is Thubron's combination of an artist's aesthetic sensitivity with the literary craftsmanship to convey it. He sees things with the freshness of an innocent and the erudition of a scholar”

Daily Telegraph

“Superb... one of the best books on Russia to appear in years”

New York Times

“Travel writing has never been more provocative, profound or poetic”

Time Out

“The Thubron approach to travelling has an integrity that belongs to another age. And this author's way with words gives his books a value far transcending their topical interest; it is safe to predict they will be read a century hence”

Irish Times

“The perfect guide to one of the world’s most enigmatic cultures”

Christie Hickman, Sunday Express


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