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Woven among the often bitter and eroding memories of a Siberian past is a sense of new freedom. After all, this is the first time in Russia's history when foreigners can travel freely throughout the region--and its inhabitants can comment openly about their government without fear of reprisal. Thubron coaxes an institute official at the Akademgorodok Praesidium to speak his mind:
His face was heavy with anger. "We have one overriding problem here. Money. We receive no money for new equipment, hardly enough for our salaries. There are people who haven't been paid for six months." Then his anger overflowed. He was barking like a drill sergeant. "This year we requested funds for six or seven different programmes! And not one has been accepted by the government! Not one!"
Thubron's portrait is as elegant as it is evocative. But just as notably, his journey to the east manages to break the long and destructive Siberian silence. --Byron Ricks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
excellent book. Gives you a feel for the "lost people" of the new Russian and their unfortunate plight today. Marilyn RossPublished 10 months ago by marilyn r ross
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.Published 12 months ago by Robert A. Berge
Disappointing. Enjoyed similar "Lost and Found in Russia" by Susan Richards much better.Published 12 months ago by rudy abreu
"In Siberia" is a masterpiece of travel narrative as well as an enlightening though sombre account of a tragic history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by islander
Colin Thubron is the best travel writer of our time.
His books are and always will be on my most treasured book shelf.
Beautiful, poetic writing along with interesting anecdotes on a more realistic level. good sense of humour. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joyce Lawrence
Gives you a sense of place, and a sense of thought. I love how he write travel writing as if its story telling - leaving himself as a bystander instead of constantly focusing on... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Monica