Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

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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 Siberia is 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 Siberia will undoubtedly take its place as one of the twenty-first century's indispensable contributions to the travel-writing genre.

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ISBN : 0374278725
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 529 pages


Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2016

“Sometimes travel is merely an opportunity taken when you can.” ― Ian Frazier, Travels in Siberia A gifted narrator, Ian Frazier for me seems to occupy a genetic/literary lovechild space somewhere between Bill Bryson (mother: Midwestern appetites) and John McPhee (father: New Yorker affectations)...

RandomAnthony rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2011

Ian Frazier, the author of Travels in Siberia, wants people to know that Siberia is filled with mosquitoes and isn't always cold. Russian women are also, in his estimation, among the world's most beautiful. And apparently there are huge trash heaps spread along many of the roads. But this book is...

Chrissie rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2012

Wow, even the last chapter was superb - Siberian climate change and what this may portend for the future. *************************. I am almost, almost done with Travels in Siberia which will be given four stars. From start to finish it has been very interesting, and the travel experiences are e...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2010

When I returned from spending several months in Russia as a graduate student, a friend asked what it was like and whether I enjoyed it. My reply was something like, “It was great, I loved it, never go there.” Russia is a place guaranteed to frustrate anyone who has to have things go according to p...

Hana rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2015

Ian Frazier is in love with Russia. He’s not sure just why, but that’s how love is sometimes. Frazier makes a splendid tour guide to the land he dubs “the greatest horrible country in the world.” Over the course of fifteen years Frazier learned Russian and made five journeys to Siberia, each at d...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2010

Travels in Siberia is BIG, and I thought the expanse of white cover particularly appropriate, too--just like the place. It seems peculiar to describe a trip (several trips, actually) across Siberia and say honestly at the end: "nothing much happened," but that about sums it up. For a traveller,...

Seth rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2015

Although I usually don’t read non-fiction, I am happily making an exception for Ian Frazier’s books, which are written in a compelling factual style. So far I have read On the Rez and now Travels in Siberia. A staff member at the New Yorker, Frazier has written about his favorite hobby of fishing...

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

January 11, 2011

boy, siberia is a realllly big place.the entire continental united states and most of europe would fit within its boundaries.the trans-siberian railway from moscow to vladivostock on the coast is 5,771 miles or twice the distance from new jersey to california.that's a long would be really...

Wanda rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2011

It is difficult to do a synopsis of a book that really does not have a plot. It has been called a travelogue. It most assuredly is not that. It has been criticized for "too much history." HELLLOOO! Even had it been a travel book, it should have historical context. Sometimes I wonder about reviewe...

Lobstergirl rated it ★★★★☆

August 09, 2012

A largely entertaining and delightful read. I'd read the excerpts of it in The New Yorker, and I've slowly been developing a fascination with Siberia myself (Frazier's is an obsession), so I knew I'd have to read this eventually. Siberia reveals itself to be a mysterious place, where they speak a...

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