Travels in Siberia
06 June 2013, 10:05
2010 | EPUB | 1.67MB
In his astonishing new work, Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, trains his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is but one explanation among hundreds for the region's fascinating, enduring appeal. In Travels in Siberia, Frazier reveals Siberia's role in history--its science, economics, and politics--with great passion and enthusiasm, ensuring that we'll never think about it in the same way again.
With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia's most famous exiles, from the well-known--Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)--to the lesser known (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the empress for copying her dresses) to those who experienced unimaginable suffering in Siberian camps under the Soviet regime, forever immortalized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago.
Travels in Siberia is also a unique chronicle of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, a personal account of adventures among Russian friends and acquaintances, and, above all, a unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia--a country that, for all its tragic history, somehow still manages to be funny. Travels in Siberia will undoubtedly take its place as one of the twenty-first century's indispensable contributions to the travel-writing genre.
The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen
06 June 2013, 03:22
2008 | EPUB | 900.13KB
The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen is a collection of essays and articles that describe rarely written about Asian people, places and events; most have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal and other leading publications.
Speak with the Sultan of Yogyakarta and learn about his love affair with the Mermaid Queen. Meet the homeless man in Hawaii who has the resume to prove he's the real last emperor of China. Learn why isolated Indian villagers are angry at the monkey god, Hanuman, for not returning their sacred mountain. Meet the last elephantt hunter of Vietnam, who has reached Michael Jordam-like status through a very Asian-accented product endorsement. Play golf on the world's highest course. Bargain for good luck on the Philippines 'Amulet Island'. Learn why the white elephant is being used by Burma's generals to try to justify their hold on power. Ponder the disappearance of Bruno Manser, a Swiss Robin Hood, who vanished in a Borneo jungle while trying to help the downtrodden Penan tribesman stand up for their rights.
On the Shores of the Mediterranean
04 June 2013, 14:15
2013 | EPUB | 2.71MB
With his trademark charm and sharp wit, Newby leaves no stone unturned in his quest for wonderfully detailed and quirky knowledge to share with his reader. Insightful, hilarious and sheer fun, this is an adventure not to be missed, by Britain's best-loved travel guide, and father of the genre. 'Why don't you start in Naples and go clockwise round the Mediterranean instead of dashing off in all directions like a lunatic?' Fortunately, Eric Newby followed his wife Wanda's advice, and so begins the wonderfully madcap adventure, 'On the Shores of the Mediterranean'.
Beginning during the Newbys' wine harvest in Tuscany, the adventurous but disaster-prone pair follow a path using every form of transportation conceivable (public bus, taxi, foot, bike, boat), from Naples to Venice, along the Adriatic to Greece, Turkey, Jerusalem and North Africa, from sipping wildly extravagant cocktails in San Marco to being cordially invited to Libya by Colonel Gaddafi.