In Siberia

by Colin Thubron

Hardcover, 1999




New York : HarperCollins, 1999.


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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member ORFisHome
Depressing. It really captures the "Soviet Union" that I've seen in Belarus but goes far beyond in showing a people's suffering. You just have to be amazed at the damage that results when a nation totally rejects God. Not sure I liked the writing style.
LibraryThing member dickcraig
I read this book just before a friend of mine was about to embark on a motorcycle trip across Russia, taking the Siberian route. The author paints a picture of this region of Russia that made me want to visit.
LibraryThing member wbwilburn5
Great insights into Russian life.
LibraryThing member allyshaw
I enjoyed this book immensely. All good science fiction should read like a travelogue. The reverse should be true but rarely is-- with the exception of this book. A riveting strangeness-- looking through this mirror darkly at the "peace dividend" at the end of the Cold War makes for paradoxically giddy yet sobering reading. The book is full of wonder and compassionate alienation-- the portrait of a stark landscape and its people haunted by its Gulag'ed, Stalinist past is unforgettable.… (more)
LibraryThing member soylentgreen23
Though 'In Siberia' is about twenty years old, it is still essential reading for anyone with an interest in Russia and the country's affairs. At once a triumph of travel writing and an insightful piece of nonfiction, 'In Siberia' is a true classic - incredibly well-written, and with a sympathetic heart at its core it reveals much about the character of those living so far from Moscow, yet forever in its shadow.… (more)



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