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Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
Travels in Siberia

dogofthesouth, January 26, 2011

In Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier says "Travel, like much else in life, can be more fun to read about than do." Over the course of 471 pages he proves this admirably. It's a great piece of travel writing and belongs on the shelf with the finest pieces in this genre. The book details several trips Frazier made in Siberia, though the bulk of it tells of a car trip he made from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok in 2001 with two Russian guides, Sergei Lunev and Vladimir Chunak. Along the way he provides information about Siberia's labor camps, famous Russian exiles, and the Siberian sable trade, as well as capsule histories of the Decembrists, the Mongols, and a short biography of George Kennan, author of Tent Life in Siberia. Frazier is so convincing that by the end you'll wish to have made the trip yourself despite what he tells you about the roads, Siberian mosquitoes ("They laugh at organic-based repellents") and the restrooms (the last a true horror for us squeamish Americans). But for those of us who will never get to go, this is the next best thing. Frazier manages it with (for the most part)good humor and resilience.
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