Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the unforgiving region of Siberia, including its geography, resources, native peoples, and history, with stories of Mongols, fur seekers, tea caravans, American prospectors, prisoners, and exiles of every kind.

McMillan Palgrave
More than just a travelogue, Travels in Siberia is also an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union and a personal reflection on the all-around amazingness of Russia, a country that still somehow manages to be funny.

A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains

In Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the forty-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs.

The book brims with Mongols, half-crazed Orthodox archpriests, fur seekers, ambassadors of the czar bound for Peking, tea caravans, German scientists, American prospectors, intrepid English nurses, and prisoners and exiles of every kind—from Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the czarina for copying her dresses; to the noble Decembrist revolutionaries of the 1820s; to the young men and women of the People’s Will movement whose fondest hope was to blow up the czar; to those who met still-ungraspable suffering and death in the Siberian camps during Soviet times.

More than just a historical travelogue, Travels in Siberia is also an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union and a personal reflection on the all-around amazingness of Russia, a country that still somehow manages to be funny. Siberian travel books have been popular since the thirteenth century, when monks sent by the pope went east to find the Great Khan and wrote about their journeys. Travels in Siberia will take its place as the twenty-first century’s indispensable contribution to the genre.



Baker
& Taylor

The author of Great Plains examines the unforgivable region of Siberia, including its geography, resources, native peoples and history, in a book full of Mongols, fur seekers, tea caravans, American prospectors, prisoners and exiles of every kind and so much more. Read by the author. Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427210531
1427210535
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC 915.704 FRAZI FRAZI
Characteristics: digital,1.4 m/s,stereo
16 sound discs (20.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Macmillan Audio (Firm)
Notes: Compact discs

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Rinny_Who
Jan 17, 2015

This adventure with Ian was everything I was looking for! I wanted to painlessly learn Russian culture and history, and I wanted to know what it would be like to travel to Russia. I didn't expect so much of it to be delivered in one package. It is very long, and I took breaks from it, pushing my start to finish to over 4 months. I am glad I kept with it until the end, because it was worth my time. I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone, but if you are interested in Russia this is a fun and at many times funny way to dip your toes in

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andellzov
Jun 08, 2011

The narration is a bit dry, read slowly with careful pronunciation by the author (but his periodic pronunciation of Russian words was amusingly atrocious). Listening to this on my commute allowed me to travel down memory lane, nodding and chuckling often. Frazier adds quite a bit of history spanning across all of the former USSR to Alaska. I didn't even get through all 16 discs! It's been requested, so I can't renew. Maybe I'll come back to it soon.

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