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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

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Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a perfect companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.

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

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Katherine Stevens, April 15, 2013 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
It may be simplistic but the highest praise I can give this book is that it makes me want to go to Kazakhstan. Honest in its portrayal of Kazakhstan's very challenging recent history, Robbins also clearly is enchanted by the vast and diverse nation and his admiration is catching. If you've ever wondered what the real story is behind this large and largely unknown ex-Soviet republic--and even if you haven't and just want a good book to read, Apples are from Kazakhstan is a great choice.
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Katherine Stevens, April 15, 2013 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
It may be simplistic but the highest praise I can give this book is that it makes me want to go to Kazakhstan. Honest in its portrayal of Kazakhstan's very challenging recent history, Robbins also clearly is enchanted by the vast and diverse nation and his admiration is catching. If you've ever wondered what the real story is behind this large and largely unknown ex-Soviet republic--and even if you haven't and just want a good book to read, Apples are from Kazakhstan is a great choice.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781934633939
Subtitle:
The Land that Disappeared
Author:
Robbins, Christopher
Publisher:
Atlas
Subject:
Former Soviet republics
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - Central
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Publication Date:
20100913
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
39 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.2 x 5 x 0.8 in 0.535 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "A captivating read notable for off-the-cuff candor and measured, eloquent prose."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Synopsis" by , Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a perfect companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.
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