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The Amur River

Between Russia and China

by Colin Thubron

The Amur River by Colin Thubron X
The Amur River by Colin Thubron
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    Sep 2021, 304 pages

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A mesmerizing trip down Far East Asia's most consequential river reveals the twists and turns of history and politics, and the hard realities of surviving for the Russian and Chinese people who live along this serpentine border.

Map showing the Amur River as a border with Russia to the north, China to the south and Mongolia to the eastThe little-known Amur River, the 10th longest in the world, acts as the natural border of Russia and China for more than a thousand miles. It is, according to celebrated travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron, "a fault-line shrouded in old mistrust." In The Amur River: Between Russia and China, Thubron delicately excavates the river's natural and manmade divisions.

In his 80th year, Thubron and his guides set out on horseback in the "near-sacred wilderness" of Mongolia, once the homeland of Genghis Khan, where the Amur River gestates in the Onon, its most distant tributary. Along the banks of the Onon, or "Holy Mother" to many Mongolians, things immediately get off to a rough start; Thubron savagely twists his ankle, and his horse later rolls on top of him, fracturing several ribs. Pushing deeper into Mongolia and east toward its border with Russia, where the steppe lands roll ...

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