Synopses & Reviews
Traveling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of timesdoing so in a dilapidated VW is just that much more of an adventure A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they cant think of a good reason why not. The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics, and over-friendly gangsters. Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the 1990s.
"A crazy and wonderful journey. For anyone who has day dreamed, if only for a moment, about abandoning the humdrum and hitting the road this engaging tale will be an inspiration." —John Mole, author, It's All Greek to Me
"Hold on to your babushkas! This is a book for would-be road warriors and seasoned globetrotters alike. Wheelers Russian travelog is informative, accessible, and more fun than a banya full of vodka-swilling Dmitrys." —Xpress Reviews from Library Journal
"A nice balance of humor and observation, of character and political commentary, [One Steppe Beyond] should have no trouble finding an audience among armchair travelers." —Booklist
About the Author
Thom Wheeler lived in St. Petersburg for several years working as a guide and teacher before going on to live in several ex-Soviet countries, including Georgia and Ukraine. He continues to spend time in the ex-Soviet Union traveling, teaching, and writing, and he runs an annual theater workshop in Tzarskoe Selo, Russia. This is his first book.