La Siberia, terra desolata, di smisurata grandezza e di selvaggia bellezza, con l'apertura dei confini dell'ex Unione Sovietica è diventata territorio accessibile agli stranieri. In questa regione estrema Colin Thubron si è buttato a capofitto, percorrendola con ogni mezzo, sfidando temperature impossibili e macinando qualcosa come 24.000 chilometri. Ha viaggiato sulla mitica Transiberiana; si è spinto in aereo sino al Circolo Polare Artico, nell'ex città-lager di Vorkuta, e ha raggiunto a nord-est la regione della Kolyma, terra dell'oro e dell'uranio, tristemente famosa per i due milioni di vittime sotto la dittatura stalinista. A piedi, zaino in spalla, si è inoltrato nei monti Altaj tra le tombe antiche degli sciiti e ha navigato in piroscafo lungo il fiume Enisej per fermarsi nel piccolo villaggio enzi di Potalovo. Scritto in una prosa limpida ed evocativa, e pervaso da una sottile vena di umorismo, lo straordinario racconto del viaggio di Thubron ci restituisce un quadro indimenticabile di uno dei luoghi più selvaggi e affascinanti del mondo.
- ISBN: 8850233701
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 304
In Siberia was not only a trip across the vast frozen land mass in the company of Colin Thubron, for me it was an evocative text conjuring memories of my childhood. When I was young (in the 1980s... I know I am so old and it was so long ago) my Dad worked in Siberia. Between 1987 and 1996 he would d Leggi tutto
Colin writes well, but he’s a bit of a cold fish. He doesn’t ever seem to do anything fun (only once does he take a young woman out for dinner). And so Siberia seems really boring. Perhaps it is? Colin gets involved in religions, goes to underfunded museums and archeological sites, and visits prison Leggi tutto
the book was every bit as good as I’d hoped. To you Russophiles out there: this is a book you definitely must read. To those of you out there with any interest in Russia at all, or with an interest in traveling to remote lands, I recommend this book to you as well. Thubron’s prose is incredible, and Leggi tutto
I now have an established pattern with Thubron. I get really jazzed to read his book, mostly based on the locations he visits. Then I start the book and think, "This man is a genius, but I would never want to actually travel with him. He's constantly miserable." As I edge toward the end of the book, Leggi tutto
From BBC radio 4 Extra:4 Extra Debut. The soul of Siberia described through its buildings, people and amazing quirks of nature. Read by John Rowe. From January 2000.Episode 2 of 10North of the Arctic Circle, the author visits the mines, graveyards, camps and an 87-year-old survivor.Episode 3 of 10Om Leggi tutto
After reading The Lost Heart of Asia by the same author, I was looking forward to some new insights into Siberia, the eastern part of the Russian Federation, which is bigger than any country in the world apart from Russia itself. Thubron travelled across it from west to east, mainly by the Trans-Sib Leggi tutto
I could not recommend this book highly enough. I truly believe everyone should read this. Never once have I really thought about visiting Siberia. Recently, I read Angela Carter's 'Nights at the Circus' in which a large chunk takes place in Siberia and this led to me picking up this book. This book
Excellent, intelligent writing as always from Thubron who, for me, approaches his journeys on a much more cerebral level than most travel writers.
When I started reading this book, I thought I would be reading about the beauty and harshness of nature in Siberia. I thought it couldn't be more depressing than Among the Russians . I was wrong on both count. This book was about the people who lived in Siberia, and it was even more depressing. Where Leggi tutto
Almost unremittingly sad, with just the odd page here and there with even the faintest trace of optimism. Thubron is a brave traveller, and given other stories of the fate of individual travellers in the wild east of Siberia, lucky. This was a wild and dangerous trip, but he survives without too muc Leggi tutto
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