White Fever

White Fever

A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

Book - 2012
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No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler. As a fiftieth birthday present to himself, he sets out to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, traversing a continent that is two and a half times bigger than America, awash with bandits, and not always fully equipped with roads. But if his mission sounds deranged it is in keeping with the land he is visiting. For Siberia is slowly dying -- or, more accurately, killing itself. This is a traumatized post-Communist landscape peopled by the homeless and the hopeless: alcoholism is endemic, as are suicides, murders, and deaths from AIDS . As he gets to know these communities and speaks to the people, Hugo-Bader discovers a great deal of tragedy, but there is also dark humor to be found amongst the reindeer shepherds, the former hippies, the modern-day rappers, the homelessand the sick, the shamans, and the followers of 'one of the six Russian Christs,' just one of the many arcane religions that flourish in this isolated, impossible region.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781619020115
Characteristics: 323 p. :,ill., map ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lloyd-Jones, Antonia

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Lucky_Luke
Dec 06, 2014

A polish journalist decides to drive all the way to Siberia, in an old Lada. His crazy adventure is truly fascinating and you can learn about the plight of native people there.

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