|By (author):||Orth, Stephan|
|Subject:||HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union|
|POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union|
|TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues|
|TRAVEL / Russia|
|Publisher:||Greystone Books Ltd.|
|Size:||8.50in x 5.50in|
|From The Publisher*|
An unconventional travelogue of a country that inspires both fear and fascination.
"In the late summer of 2016," writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, "a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory."
In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real, unfiltered Russia not seen in today's headlines: authentic, bizarre, dangerous, and beautiful. Sidestepping the well-trod tourist path, he travels the country from Moscow to Vladivostok-across seven time zones and almost 9,500 kilometers-making stops in Chechnya, Saint Petersburg, Siberia, and beyond. Staying with an eclectic array of hosts, he bumps into gun nuts, Internet conspiracy theorists, faux shamans, and Putin fans; learns to drive in death-defying Russian style; and discovers how to cure hangovers by sniffing rye bread. But he also sees a darker side of the country, witnessing firsthand the effects of Putin's influence in the run-up to the 2016 American election and the power of propaganda in this "post-fact" era.
Weaving everything together with thoughtfulness and warmth, Orth follows the acclaimed Couchsurfing in Iran with yet another complex, funny, and personal travelogue-a colorful portrait of a fascinating and misunderstood country.