Buy In Siberia by Colin Thubron (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In Siberia is a travel book by the English writer Colin Thubron. Published in , the book depicts Thubron’s journeys in Siberia in the late s, after the. Listening to Thubron’s account of his extensive travels in Siberia in is a different experience from reading his book.

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As mysterious as its beautiful, as forbidding as it is populated with warm-hearted people, Syberia is a land few Westerners know, and even fewer will ever visit. Traveling alone, by train, boat, car, and on foot, Colin Thubron traversed this vast territory, talking to everyone he encountered about the state of the beauty, whose natural thubroon have been savagely exploited for decades; a terrain tainted by nuclear waste but filled with citizens who both welcomed him and fed him—despite their own tragic poverty.

From Mongoloia to eiberia Artic Circle, from Rasputin’s village in the west through tundra, taiga, mountains, lakes, rivers, and finally to a derelict Jewish community in the country’s far eastern reaches, Colin Thubron penetrates a little-understood part of the world in a thkbron that no writer ever has. What a relief after all the cheerful travel books and brave adventure stories! A small human voice that makes the dark woods pulse with magic.? Thubron is a thurbon, observant traveler who clearly respects the Siberians for the hardships they have endured.

In Siberia places the region in its historical context, but Thubron’s history is never didactic or potted. Above all, Thubron is never a travel bore. Readers may derive hhubron great deal of travel envy from this account of his adventures.? From each locale he pries a nugget–a lasting personal tale or memory he passes to the reader like a gift.

Thubron’s prose poetry is abrupt, frugal, and glinting. And if Siberia is slippery, what he has caught is treasure enough.? You might not want to journey to the vast tundra of Siberia, but Colin Thubron takes you thubrln with a lyrical poignancy that paints vivid images in your mind and makes your heart ache. If modern America troubles you, “In Siberia will give you evocative encounters with another world and reason to be grateful for your own.?

Many adventurers plunge into Siberia in search of untrammeled roads or unspoiled grandeur; only a handful bring with them a significant knowledge of the land’s history, geology and wildlife. Even rarer are those who relay the experience as magically as does this award-winning author. Only his tender treatment of Siberia’s enchanting characters and extraordinary natural beauty brightenwhat would be an otherwise dark and desolate path.?

Thubron’s ability to see, feel, analyze, to blend the present and the past, makes “In Siberia more than a travel book. His keen eye, like a great photographer’s, sees more than an image; he captures the essence of Siberia.? No single book can capture the enormity or the? Thubron’s travel books and novels have been widely appreciated for years in Britain, and it’s easy to see why.

Through language that is alternately exuberant, poetic, and mournful, Thubron evokes the natural beauty of Siberia as well as its despoliation.? Now comes a third book in this extraordinary series of Russian travelogues. Thubron approaches his great theme through language.


Page after page contains examples of the exact word needed to convey observation. He wanted to find some unity or shape to human destiny, and he has done so. Fear of Russia is a thing of the past, and pity for the living and the dead instead fills this book with the purpose and beauty of prayer.?

A cinematically evocative, often heartbreaking account of one of the world’swildest, loveliest places–and one of colon worst vacation destinations.? Thubron fuses history with politics, ethnography with geography, cultural anthropology with social psychology to demarcate what Siberia was and is, literally and metaphorically. This challenging, self-contained volume warms to the task of paying tribute to the coldest inhabited place on Earth.

Thubron’s descriptive authority and all-encompassing breadth are palpable.? Besides conveying both the beauty and ugliness of an inknown quadrant of the earth, Thubron employes the travel genre to show us exactly how those in the Gulag suffered. I could never really picture what the Gulag “looked” like until I read this book.

Once again, Colin Thubron has proved his mastery, his unique talent for reaching exceptional places and extraordinary people. Thanks to him we encounter a world which, in its beauty and awe, exceeds our imagination. Kaplan, author of “Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History? On the short list of great thubton travel writers.

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Colin Thubron ranks very high.? Colin Thubron sibrria the author of seven award-winning novels, including To the Last Citywhich was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. In he became president of the Royal Society of Literature. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Showing of 49 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. In Siberia was my first exposure to Colin Thurbon and I must say that I found the book quite compelling –it was a wonderful and involving “long flight read” a very important criterion for me in my life.


I haev read quite a bit of and about the Gulag –and the camps –primarily Solzeneichtin not sure of the spelling and have been greatly fascinated by the incredible destruction and persecution imposed on the Russian people by Stalin and his cruel despotic regime but this book brought the cold and hopelessness of this vast region a lot closer to me.

I look forward to reading other books by Thurbon and have also ordered Valentin Rasputin’s book about Siberia as an attempt to grasp more of this subject.

I do, however, agree with some of the other customer revierwers that Thurbon could have siberka more of himself by letting us know more about how he went about planning this trip, who helped him along the way, etc. Now maybe that would ahve taken htubron from the narrative flow –or maybe that’s another book in itself but I felt he was a bit too matter of siebria on how he got from one place to another, But saying all that, I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading his other travel essays that are still in print.

One person found this helpful. This is a very academic travel book. There are different levels upon which to appreciate Thubron’s work.

I loved learning about different people he encountered as he was traveling andsince I had very little knowledge of Siberia, I was able to learn a little about what is where. I found this book difficult to read. I am not sure why unless it is the authors style and his use of the English language.

This is a facinating book about the tragedy of Siberia during the Yeltsin years and centuries before.

It’s a story of death and survival in an unimaginably huge land sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, and most frequently monotinous. A story of ethnic native Siberians whose cultures were destroyed by Communism, of 60, prisoners who died in Stalin’s gulag, of ordinary Russian immigrants who lost their livelyhood because of the collapse of the economy after the fall of the Thubronn Union and more.

I only have one criticism.

There is no bibliography when its quite obvious that Thubron did a lot of research before he went on this journey: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Beautiful, poetic writing along with interesting anecdotes on a more realistic level. I would recommend it toanyone interested in Russian history, especially post Soviet era and people planning to travel to Siberia. Thubgon you a feel for the “lost Gives you a feel for the “lost people” of the new Russian and their unfortunate plight today.

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