‘One of the finest books about contemporary Russia’ Observer
This is the account of Thubron’s 15,000-mile journey through an astonishing country – one twelfth of the land surface of the whole earth. He journeyed by train, river and truck among the people most damaged by the breakup of the Soviet Union, traveling among Buddhists and animists, radical Christian sects, reactionary Communists and the remnants of a so-call Jewish state; from the site of the last Czar’s murder and Rasputin’s village, to the ice-bound graves of ancient Sythians, to Baikal, deepest and oldest of the world’s lakes.
It is the story of a people moving through the ruins of Communism into more private, diverse and often stranger worlds.
‘If there were a Nobel Prize for travel writing, Thubron should win it’ Daily Mail