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Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and…

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People (2008)

by Jonathan Dimbleby

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I enjoyed the tv series this book accompanies and looking for more detail read with increasing fascination first the chapters dealing with the places that moved me in the series and then the entire volume. Jonathan Dimbleby's engaging candour, knowledge, depth of understanding and ability to communicate these skills on the page is moving and illuminating. Russia is vast and complicated and this is an excellent work. ( )
  Picola43 | Apr 26, 2013 |
L is reading it.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
One of the most sypathetic and deeply understanding views of modern and Russian history I have ever read. He conveys the Russians and the country vividly. His analysis of what is going on there is spot on. A truly remarkable book and with a wonderful sense of humanity throughout. I would recommend it to anyone embarking on a study of Russia or to anyone with a passing curiosity about it. ( )
1 vote VikkiEverson | Sep 11, 2009 |
The style of writing is not particularly easy to read, rather disjointed at times. Although the detail is very interesting, I have struggled to complete this book. Finally after eighteen months of picking it up and reading short passages, I have completed the read. Not a first choice for reading for me. ( )
  robertgriffen | Nov 22, 2008 |
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"In this timely and revealing portrait, distinguished author and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby crosses eight time zones and covers 10,000 miles, from Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to the Asian city of Vladivostok, in an attempt to get beneath the skin of modern Russia. Travelling by road, rail and boat, his epic journey takes him from the neo-classical splendour of St Petersburg to remote and inaccessible parts of Siberia. At the heart of this magisterial account are Jonathan's encounters with a diverse range of ordinary Russians - from urban intellectuals and the new class of entrepreneurs, to impoverished peasants and Russia's ethnic minorities struggling to cling to their distinctive identities." "Filled with a dazzling array of historical and literary references, Russia - A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People is a riveting and illuminating account of modern Russia."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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