Hunted Through Central Asia, On the Run from Lenin's Secret Police
Paul Nazaroff Peter Hopkirk (Introduction)
TRAVEL NARRATIVE 2002 PAPER 336 PAGES
A spy adventure and a forced travelogue of suspense by a Russian geologist turned counter-revolutionary agent trying to overthrow the Bolsheviks in Central Asia in 1918. In this dashing tale of derring-do, he describes the daily life of ordinary Muslims among whom he lives for a year while hiding from his would-be captors and executioners. Because he was also a trained zoologist and had prospected for minerals, precious stones and natural history specimens, he knew every inch of the land around Tashkent, the language of the people, and the nature and geography of the area. In exquisite detail he paints a colorful picture of the Kirghiz nomads (with whom he lived in yurts), their habits and customs. Originally published in 1932.