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By Ian Frazier

ISBN-10: 1429964316

ISBN-13: 9781429964319

A mind-blowing Russian travelogue from the bestselling writer of serious Plains

In his extraordinary new paintings, Ian Frazier, considered one of our best and such a lot wonderful storytellers, trains his perceptive, beneficiant eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is yet one rationalization between countless numbers for the region's interesting, enduring attraction. In Travels in Siberia, Frazier finds Siberia's position in history—its technology, economics, and politics—with nice ardour and exuberance, making sure that we'll by no means give it some thought within the comparable method again.

With nice empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the tales of Siberia's most renowned exiles, from the well-known—Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)—to the lesser identified (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by way of the empress for copying her clothes) to people who skilled incredible soreness in Siberian camps lower than the Soviet regime, eternally immortalized by way of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago.

Travels in Siberia can also be a distinct chronicle of Russia because the finish of the Soviet Union, a private account of adventures between Russian acquaintances and buddies, and, exceptionally, a special, alluring, completely Frazierian tackle what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia—a state that, for all its tragic historical past, someway nonetheless manages to be humorous. Travels in Siberia will absolutely take its position as one of many twenty-first century's fundamental contributions to the travel-writing genre.

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N. Korff les accueillait avec une attention parfaite et avec bienveillance; profondément ému par leur situation misérable, il dispensait les promesses et suscitait l'espoir d'une vie meilleure*. » En l'honneur de son arrivée, il y eut une distribution de viande fraîche, et même de viande de * Et même des espoirs irréalisables. , Chapitre!! 65 renne à la prison d' Alexandrovsk; il fit le tour de toutes les cellules, reçut toutes les suppliques et donna l'ordre de déferrer de nombreux prisonniers.

Le commandant ne quitte pas la passerelle ni le mécanicien la chaufferie; le Baïkal avance de plus en plus lentement, comme à tâtons. Une très Chapitre I 37 grande prudence s'impose, car on aurait vite fait de s'échouer. Le bateau a un tirant d'eau de douze pieds et demi, or, par moments, nous naviguons par quatorze pieds de fond, et nous avons même senti la quille frotter contre le sable. C'est à cause de la faible profondeur de ce chenal et du tableau particulier qu'offrent ensemble les côtes de Tartarie et celles de Sakhaline que l'on a longtemps considéré, en Europe, Sakhaline comme une presqu'île.

Je suis inquiet. L'officier qui convoyait les soldats, apprenant le but de mon voyage, s'est montré fort étonné et s'est mis en devoir de me persuader que, n'étant pas au service de l'État, je n'avais absolument pas le droit d'approcher le bagne et la colonie. J'ai beau savoir que c'est inexact, ses paroles m'ont donné froid dans le dos et je redoute de me heurter aux mêmes arguments surplace. Nous jetons l'ancre à huit heures passées. La rive est éclairée par cinq immenses brasiers : c'est la taïga qui brûle.

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