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Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared

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ISBN13: 9780977743384
ISBN10: 0977743381
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A funny and revealing travelogue of Kazakhstan, a country rich with wild tulips, oil, nomads who hunt with golden eagles, and a disappearing landlocked sea.

Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan—a blank in Westerners' collective geography—turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur.

Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. He finds Eminem-worship by a shrinking Aral Sea, hears the Kazakh John Lennon play in a dusty desert town, joins nomads hunting eagles, eats boiled sheep's head (a delicacy), and explores some of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.

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"A captivating read notable for off-the-cuff candor and measured, eloquent prose."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

Christopher Robbins is the author of the award-winning The Empress of Ireland. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Bob S, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Bob S)
Excellent travelogue to the birthplace of apples. Been looking for a tour of Kazakhstan ever since.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977743384
Publisher:
Atlas & Co.
Subject:
Former Soviet republics
Author:
Robbins, Christopher
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Kazakhstan
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Kazakhstan Description and travel.
Subject:
Kazakhstan Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080417
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 in 0.765 lb

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History and Social Science » Asia » Central Asia
Travel » Russia and Independent States » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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