Travels in Siberia

ISBN-10: 0312610602
ISBN-13: 9780312610609
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ian Frazier
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

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 historyits science, economics, and politicswith 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-knownDostoyevsky, 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 Russiaa 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.

Writer and broadcaster Ian Frazier was born in Ohio and educated at Harvard University, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. After his graduation he joined The New Yorker staff and frequently contributes to The Atlantic Monthly. His writing collections Dating Your Mom and Coyote V. Acme earned him a Thurber Prize for American Humor. The Great Plains won a 1990 Spur Award for Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. Frazier has appeared on the National Public Radio Program A Prairie Home Companion and has acted in Smoke and Blue in the Face, both of which are Wayne Wang and Paul Auster films.

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