Summary

It's more than just 40-below winters. Siberia embraces Orthodox priests, scientists, prospectors, fur hunters, tea caravans, and, of course, prisoners. Its first travelog was written by 13th-century monks, and this latest should feature New Yorker contibutor Frazier's ever sharp and distinctive writing, even if he's far from the Great Plains and Rez.


A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains In his astonishing new work, Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, trains his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is but one explanation among hundreds for the region's fascinating, enduring appeal. In Travels in Siberia, Frazier reveals Siberia's role in history-its science, economics, and politics-with great passion and enthusiasm, ensuring that we'll never think about it in the same way again.With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia's most famous exiles, from the well-known-Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)-to the lesser known (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the empress for copying her dresses) to those who experienced unimaginable suffering in Siberian camps under the Soviet regime, forever immortalized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago. Travels in Siberiais also a unique chronicle of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, a personal account of adventures among Russian friends and acquaintances, and, above all, a unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia-a country that, for all its tragic history, somehow still manages to be funny. Travels in Siberiawill undoubtedly take its place as one of the twenty-first century's indispensable contributions to the travel-writing genre.