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.
First Thumbron has made a very good choice of characters to tell their stories.
This book is superb and I strongly recommend it not only to anyone interested in Siberia but to anyone interested in travel writing or history.
This is one of the few books that I've wanted to read again the moment I finished it.
"In Siberia" is a masterpiece of travel narrative as well as an enlightening though sombre account of a tragic history. Read morePublished 2 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 6 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 8 months ago by Monica
This book is a complete and thorough masterpiece and often times brutally honest. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of these people hang onto a cold icicle of hope. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeff Commissaris
This is a very academic travel book. There are different levels upon which to appreciate Thubron's work. Read morePublished 18 months ago by HayMak
I have read several books by this author and this one does not disappoint. He has traveled to some amazing places all over Siberia to get a really indepth view of the areaPublished 19 months ago by picasso2
To start with the conclusion - this is great Travel writing. I can hardly imagine that you will be disappointed provided that you have the slightest suspicion that Siberia might... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Jan Øystein Thorsnæs