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Travels in Siberia

by Ian Frazier

Travels in Siberia
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2010, 544 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2011, 560 pages

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Jennifer G Wilder

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A writer and humorist trains his eye on that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia

To explain how he embarked on Travels in Siberia, and how he stuck with it over sixteen years and multiple trips to Russia, Frazier invokes an infectious condition he calls "Russia-love." When he steps off the plane in Moscow for the first time he sees a sign labeled "Exit" with an arrow pointing to the left. He goes left, and meets with a soldier pointing him back the way he came:

"I was thoroughly stunned. Love, with an assist from novelty, had blindsided me. I had been overcome, lost permanently. This kind of thing happens to people in middle age, I realize. It's embarrassing. The feeling began the minute I stepped off the plane, with the absurd business of the exit sign and the correcting soldier."

The craziness of Russia intoxicates Frazier. It's a country that reveres literature and has produced great books; it's also a country where unspeakable horrors have been ...

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