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In Siberia

In Siberia

by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan. (SIB14, $14.99)

Dersu the Trapper

Dersu the Trapper

by V.K. Arseniev | Malcolm Burr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Captain Arseniev's mesmerizing account of adventure, exploration and friendship in the Russian Far East, source for the Kurosowa film. (SIB24, $16.00)

Trans-Siberian Handbook

Trans-Siberian Handbook

by Bryn Thomas

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This guide features maps, history and practical details for cities and sights from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok. (RUS73, $21.95)

Russia Map

Russia Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway. (RUS264, $11.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Moscow

Eyewitness Guide Moscow


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

This outstanding guide covers Moscow's culture, history and attractions with maps, site plans and hundreds of color photographs. (RUS164, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway

Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway


by Simon Richmond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A guide to the railway and, especially, stops en route from Vladivostok to Moscow in hallmark Lonely Planet style. With 35 sketch maps covering routes and major cities, a section of color-photos and a brief language guide. (SIB26, $21.99)

A History of the Peoples of Siberia, Russia's North Asian Colony 1581-1990

A History of the Peoples of Siberia, Russia's North Asian Colony 1581-1990


by James Forsyth

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

An ethnohistory of the people of Siberia from Russian conquest to the 1980s. Forsyth looks at 30 indigenous groups, comparing their experience with Eskimos and Indians in North America. (SIB03, $59.00)

Gulag, A History

Gulag, A History


by Anne Applebaum

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 677 PAGES

A massive, fascinating and thoroughly unsettling history of Russia's infamous gulags. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's noteworthy for its expansive view, effortless prose and prodigious research. (SIB34, $18.95)

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan


by Paula Sabloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan. (MGL37, $24.95)

Old Believers in Modern Russia


by Roy Robson

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 202 PAGES

Robson's overview of the Old Belief and its role in Russian history covers the original schism with the Russian Orthodox church, liturgy and community, especially how the Old Believers adapted to change after the revolution. (RUS490, $24.00)

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin


by Catherine Merridale

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 528 PAGES

Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin. (RUS501, $35.00)

Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism

Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism


by Sarangerel Odigan | Julie Ann Stewart

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

An heartfelt, wide-ranging introduction to Mongolian and Siberian Shamanism and culture by a practitioner who now makes her home in Ulaanbaatar. (MGL29, $16.95)

Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars


by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays


by Valentin Rasputin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Born in Irkutsk, where he still lives, Rasputin combines great insight and supple prose with passion for his homeland in this collection of six stories and six essays. (SIB04, $20.00)

Siberia, A Cultural History

Siberia, A Cultural History


by Anthony Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Haywood traces the history of the region from early indigenous cultures through Stalin's reign to the present with aplomb. (SIB65, $16.95)

The Conquest of a Continent

The Conquest of a Continent


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

The marvelous Lincoln captures the ambition and avarice of fur trappers, Cossacks, military adventurers and the Soviets in this well-told, sweeping history. (SIB37, $28.50)

The Mongols, A Very Short Introduction

The Mongols, A Very Short Introduction


by Morris Rossabi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rossabi, a leading historian, revises the popular perception of the Mongols as savage conquerors to show them as wise rulers who adopted shrewd economic policies, patronized the arts and helped foster peace in the lands they controlled. (MGL76, $11.95)

The Museum at the End of the World, Encounters in the Russian Far East

The Museum at the End of the World, Encounters in the Russian Far East


by Alexia Bloch | Laurel Kendall

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

In this astute book, two anthropologists recount their 1998 journey in the footsteps of Franz Boas and the ambitious Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902), interweaving their own travels with history and ethnography. With chapters on travels in Chukotka, Magadan, Anadyr, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk and Esso in Kamchatka's central volcanic range. (SIB39, $29.95)

The Russian Far East, A History

The Russian Far East, A History


by John J. Stephan

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 487 PAGES

The first history of Russia's least-known region in any language, this comprehensive book is a readable, scholarly history of the Russian Far East from prehistory to the break-up of the Soviet Union. (RUS34, $33.95)

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution


by Sheila Fitzpatrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

A concise provocative summary of events in Russia between 1917 and 1939. Fitzpatrick makes an admirable effort to rescue from politics the greatest upheaval of modern times and reclaim it for history. (RUS39, $19.95)

Siberia, Siberia

Siberia, Siberia


by Valentin Rasputin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 443 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A sweeping account of the exploration, conquest and colonization of Russia's "West," beginning with the crossing of the Ural Mountains by the Cossacks in 1580. (SIB01, $22.95)

Tent Life in Siberia

Tent Life in Siberia


by George Kennan | Larry McMurtry

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES

Kennan's spirited account of his adventures among the people, little-known cultures and snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka and the Russian Far East, originally published in 1871. (RUS142, $17.95)

White Fever, A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

White Fever, A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia


by Jacek Hugo-Bader

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER

Hugo-Bader writes with verve in this high spirited account of a winter trek by Russian jeep across Siberia from Moscow to Vladivostok (SIB73, $16.95)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Weatherford, who has lived and studied in Mongolia, interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppes, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols. The Mongols introduced not only mayhem, but also paper, printing, gunpowder, the compass and trousers to their far-flung empire. (CAS106, $15.00)

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal

Sacred Sea, A Journey to Lake Baikal


by Peter Thomson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Senior editor of National Public Radio's Living on Earth, Thomson blends personal tales with journalism, natural history and cultural insights in this lyrical account of a six-month journey. (SIB56, $29.95)

Silverland, A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals

Silverland, A Winter Journey Beyond the Urals


by Dervla Murphy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Our favorite gallivanting Irish grandmother packs her woolies and heads off on a midwinter jaunt across Siberia on a typically adventurous outing, this time by train -- and with a suitcase. (SIB55, $17.95)

The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Theroux's account of his journeys across Asia by train display the writer's inimitable talent for portraiture, ego and the dismissive aside. He takes every two-bit train he can find from London across Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, India, Japan and China, returning home via the Trans-Siberian Express. (ASA40, $15.95)

The Long Walk, The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

The Long Walk, The True Story of a Trek to Freedom


by Slavomir Rawicz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

This remarkable tale follows the odyssey of cavalry officer Rawicz and six fellow prisoners from their capture in Moscow under Stalin to a prison camp in Yakutsk and escape across Siberia and the Gobi to Tibet and over the Himalayas to India. Originally published in 1956. (SIB13, $16.95)

The Other Side of Russia

The Other Side of Russia


by Sharon Hudgins

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

A warm, insightful account of contemporary cultural and social life in Vladivostok, Irkutsk and other places in the Russian Far East, where the author lived in the 1990s. (SIB30, $22.95)

Through Siberia by Accident

Through Siberia by Accident


by Dervla Murphy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

After wrenching her knee on the Trans-Siberian, the indomitable Murphy changes her plans: in lieu of a trip across Russia on her bicycle Pushkin, she explores the area around Lake Baikal, where, naturally, the plucky grandmother takes a swim. (SIB50, $16.95)

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

Practically bursting with affection for Russia, steeped in its literature -- and fresh from language lessons in Brighton Beach, Frazier journeys from Nome to Chukotka, Moscow to Novosibirsk, pays homage to Arseniev in Kamchatka and camps along the shores of Lake Baikal in this wide-eyed tale of the people, land and history of Siberia. He keeps his wit and humor intact through the bureaucracy, mangled arrangements and other challenges of modern Russia. (SIB64, $20.00)

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago


by Boris Pasternak | Richard Pevear | Larissa Volokhonsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace (RUS391), Anna Karenina (RUS81) and The Death of Ivan Illyich (RUS391) comes a stunning new translation of Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece, last translated in 1958. (RUS222, $16.95)

Nights at the Circus

Nights at the Circus


by Angela Carter

  • LITERATURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

This wildly inventive, bawdy tale follows an enchanted circus and its six-foot-two winged star from turn-of-the-century London to St. Petersburg and Siberia. Ever since reading this novel, we've wanted to take the Trans-Siberian. (RUS189, $16.00)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 181 PAGES

An overnight classic, Solzhenitsyn's powerful story of an inmate struggling to maintain his dignity in a Siberian labor camp was only authorized to be published after Stalin's death. Solzhenitsyn served as a Russian artillery captain but was sentenced to eight years in a Siberian labor camp. (RUS26, $14.00)

Snow in May, Stories

Snow in May, Stories


by Kseniya Melnik

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

These nine slice-of-life stories follow the interrelated lives of a diverse cast of characters. Each tale is set in a different time, but the place remains the same: Magadan, a small Siberian port town in Russia's far east. Through the various stories one character acts as a constant force on all the others: the phyiscal place. (RUS516, $25.00)

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Vol. II

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Vol. II


by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Thomas Whitney

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 712 PAGES

The second (and by some considered the best) in "The Gulag Archipelago" trilogy, this novel documents the horrors of Russia's prison system under communism, based on the author's first-hand experiences. (RUS74, $21.99)

The People's Act of Love

The People's Act of Love


by James Meek

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES

Meek draws on his experiences as a journalist in Russia to evoke the isolation and changing fate of Siberia in this novel set in an isolated village during the last days of the revolution. (SIB52, $14.95)

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales

The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, Siberian Folk Tales


by James Riordan

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A collection of tales from throughout Siberia, divided thematically, and with an excellent introduction by James Riordan. Many of the stories feature the harsh setting of the tundra and importance of the spirit. (SIB12, $11.95)

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings


by Norman Arlott

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This Princeton Illustrated Checklist, spanning all of the Russian Arctic, Europe, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East, features 80 color plates with range maps and succinct descriptions. (EUR276, $29.95)

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