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A fascinating travel book by one of the most magical writers of his generation.

This is the account of Thubron's 15,000-mile journey through an astonishing country - one twelfth of the land surface of the whole earth. He journeyed by train, river and truck among the people most damaged by the breakup of the Soviet Union, traveling among Buddhists and animists, radical Christian sects, reactionary Communists and the remnants of a so-call Jewish state; from the site of the last Czar's murder and Rasputin's village, to the ice-bound graves of ancient Sythians, to Baikal, deepest and oldest of the world's lakes. This is the story of a people moving through the ruins of Communism into more private, diverse and often stranger worlds.

Reviews

I have never made it as far as Siberia, but reading this book makes me feel as if I have actually been there. Thubron weaves his own observations beautifully with the history of this part of the world

Lorraine Kelly, Sunday Express

Colin Thubron is in a class of his own in being able to marry this with a literary talent for reportage which is both crisp and lyrical

Scotsman

Captivating: a passionately engaged portrait of one of the earth's most mysterious regions...confirms Thubron's place in the pantheon of the writing greats

Sunday Times

There are currently few writers and fewer books capable of transporting a reader to another place as beautifully as Thubron does in this work. It is simply superb

Observer

If there were a Nobel Prize for travel writing, Thubron should win it

Daily Mail

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  • Paperback

    9780099459262

    December 1, 2008

    Vintage

    304 pages

    RRP $24.99

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