The Princess of Siberia

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The Princess of Siberia

The Princess of Siberia

The Story of Maria Volkonsky and the Decembrist Exiles

  • Author: Christine Sutherland
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (UK)
  • ISBN: 9780704381629
  • Category: Decembrists
  • Page: 340
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The Princess of Cannon Beach

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The Princess of Cannon Beach

The Princess of Cannon Beach

  • Author: Kathryn James
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 0557163951
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 234
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From the magnificent palaces of the Romanov tsars to a small and romantic place by the sea, The Princess of Cannon Beach tells the story of a dynasty destroyed by revolution and the courage of one young woman in the aftermath of tragedy. Follow her transformational journey from the royal palaces of St. Petersburg, through Siberia, and across the Bering Sea to a new life in Astoria and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Kathryn James creates a charming what if story that weaves fact with fiction around local historical reference points, and gives us the tale of a princess who was and a woman who might have been.

Travels Through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Austria, Saxony, Prussia, Hanover, &c. &c. Undertaken During the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, While Suffering from Total Blindness, and Comprising an Account of the Author Being Conducted a State Prisoner from the Eastern Parts of Siberia

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Travels Through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Austria, Saxony, Prussia, Hanover, &c. &c. Undertaken During the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, While Suffering from Total Blindness, and Comprising an Account of the Author Being Conducted a State Prisoner from the Eastern Parts of Siberia

Travels Through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Austria, Saxony, Prussia, Hanover, &c. &c. Undertaken During the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, While Suffering from Total Blindness, and Comprising an Account of the Author Being Conducted a State Prisoner from the Eastern Parts of Siberia

  • Author: James Holman
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

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Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

  • Author: David Greene
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 039324590X
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 320
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Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin. Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists. Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene’s journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover towns sprinkled across the country’s snowy landscape, Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality. We follow Greene as he finds opportunity and hardship embodied in his fellow train travelers and in conversations with residents of towns throughout Siberia. We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small hotel in Ishim, fighting through corrupt layers of bureaucracy every day. Greene spends a joyous evening with a group of babushkas who made international headlines as runners-up at the Eurovision singing competition. They sing Beatles covers, alongside their traditional songs, finding that music and companionship can heal wounds from the past. In Novosibirsk, Greene has tea with Alexei, who runs the carpet company his mother began after the Soviet collapse and has mixed feelings about a government in which his family has done quite well. And in Chelyabinsk, a hunt for space debris after a meteorite landing leads Greene to a young man orphaned as a teenager, forced into military service, and now figuring out if any of his dreams are possible. Midnight in Siberia is a lively travel narrative filled with humor, adventure, and insight. It opens a window onto that country’s complicated relationship with democracy and offers a rare look into the soul of twenty-first-century Russia.

Travels through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Cracow, Austria ... &c. &c., undertaken during ... 1822, 1823 and 1824

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Travels through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Cracow, Austria ... &c. &c., undertaken during ... 1822, 1823 and 1824

Travels through Russia, Siberia, Poland, Cracow, Austria ... &c. &c., undertaken during ... 1822, 1823 and 1824

  • Author: James Holman
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Conquest of Siberia

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The Conquest of Siberia

The Conquest of Siberia

An Epic of Human Passions

  • Author: I͡Uriĭ Nikolaevich Semenov,Juri Semjonow
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Discoveries in geography
  • Page: 356
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The Edinburgh Review

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The Edinburgh Review

The Edinburgh Review

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Princess Tarakanova: A Dark Chapter of Russian History

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The Princess Tarakanova: A Dark Chapter of Russian History

The Princess Tarakanova: A Dark Chapter of Russian History

  • Author: Grigory Petrovich Danilevsky
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • ISBN: 1465611355
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A storm has been raging for already three days. We have been so tossed about that it has been impossible to write. Our frigate, the Northern Eagle, is not far from Gibraltar. We have lost our rudder, and our sails are all torn, and now the current is carrying us south-eastwards. Where shall we land? what will become of us? It is night; the wind has fallen, and the sea is calmer. I am writing in my cabin. All that I have time to write of what I have seen and undergone, I will place in a bottle, and cast it upon the waters; and you who may chance to find it I entreat, by all that is sacred, to send it to its address. Ah! all-powerful God, grant me powers of memory; enlighten my poor soul, so torn with doubt! I am a sailor, Pavel Konsov, an officer in the navy of our most gracious Majesty, Empress of all the Russias, Ekaterina II. Five years ago, by the mercy of God, I succeeded in distinguishing myself at the famous battle of Chesma. All the world knows of our brave companions, Lieutenant Elien and Lieutenant Klokachov, who, on the night of the twenty-sixth of June, 1770, with four fire-ships and a few Grecian boats, hastily equipped, bravely advanced upon the Turkish fleet at Chesma, and rendered valuable assistance in its destruction. I, though so insignificant, had the good fortune, under cover of the fire-ships and the dark, to throw with my own hand, from our ship, January, the first fire-ball at the enemy. It was this fire-ball which, falling into and igniting the powder magazine, caused the explosion near the ship of the Turkish admiral from which the whole fleet took fire. Next morning, of over a hundred formidable men-of-war, some of sixty and some of ninety guns, frigates, galliots, and galères,—not one remained! On the surface of the waters were visible only wreckage and numbers of dead bodies. Our victory was sung in odes by the celebrated poet Heraskov, and several lines were dedicated to my humble self, until then unknown to the world. This poem was in every one’s mouth. The English in the Russian service—for instance, Mackenzie and Dugdale, who served on one of the fire-ships—took to themselves the credit for the greater part of the glory won at the battle of Chesma. But they did not really much surpass our own officers and men, who all distinguished themselves by their courage and gallantry. After this event I was found worthy of receiving the rank of lieutenant, and the Count Alexis Orloff, the hero of Chesma, having honoured me by his preference, I became his aide-de-camp. My career was thus, so far, very fortunate. Life, on the whole, smiled upon me. But sometimes a fatal destiny pursues man. Suddenly fortune ceased to favour me, angry maybe, at my abrupt, albeit forced, departure from my native land.

Persevere and prosper; or, The Siberian sable-hunter, by Peter Parley (revised by T. Wilson).

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Persevere and prosper; or, The Siberian sable-hunter, by Peter Parley (revised by T. Wilson).

Persevere and prosper; or, The Siberian sable-hunter, by Peter Parley (revised by T. Wilson).

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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One Hundred Siberian Postcards

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One Hundred Siberian Postcards

One Hundred Siberian Postcards

  • Author: Richard Wirick
  • Publisher: Saqi
  • ISBN: 1846591740
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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Siberia: a vast and ancient territory, a mystery to the world outside its borders. Rick Wirick and his wife have gone to Siberia to adopt a baby girl. Rather than produce a straightforward account of this journey, so profound and personal in itself, Wirick has chosen instead to absorb Siberia, to immerse himself in its history, legends, social reality and natural splendour in order to evoke for his new daughter the grandeur of her birthplace. In one hundred interlocking vignettes, Wirick has created a sophisticated and passionate vision. Personal in conception, unique in structure, One Hundred Siberian Postcards is an inspiring and unusual introduction to a very far-away land. 'Wirick combines the lyrical with the unexpected in perfectly calibrated prose.' Rose George 'Tales from a parallel universe which is also strangely our own ... a genre-busting masterpiece.' Hugo Williams 'Some years ago, Richard Wirick and his wife (who already had two children of their own) adopted a baby girl from a Siberian orphanage. One Hundred Siberian Postcards is a gift for her, evoking the scenic grandeur of her birthplace, alongside the ramshackle quality of much Russian life ... comprising folk tales, beliefs, customs, moments from Siberian history, extracts from Russian writers, reflections on childhood and consciousness, and dreams, with a touch of magic realism, as when someone watching a case being X-rayed at an airport sees "dozens of little men ... sawing timber inside the Samsonite".' Tom Aitken, TLS 'Richard Wirick's deeply felt, beautifully written palm-of-the-hand-tales that make up 100 Siberian Postcards are as luminous as Basho's Narrow Road to Oku and as moving as the Hemingway vignettes of In Our Time. Yet Wirick's profoundly moving book is unlike anything else I've read; an ode to Siberia as much as it is to the human condition.' Samantha Gillison, author of The King of America 'Attentive and compassionate, Richard Wirick has journeyed through Siberia and returned with it. These 'postcards' provide startling glimpses into the fraught, yet tenacious, Russian spirit.' John Witte, Editor of Northwest Review 'Richard Wirick is an insurance lawyer with the soul - and the pen - of a poet.' Anna Reid, author of Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine 'Compassionate and literate ... He has a mystic's confidence in the power of his imagination to prise bits of truth out of the frigid landscape.' Caroline McGinn, The New Statesman 'The best postcards are like poems: reptilian in a different way, they shed their excess skin of details and dates, and dart in on a little narrative, a clear image that speaks of the writer's experience. Richard Wirick has a it down to a fine art. An insurance lawyer from Los Angeles, he and his wife travelled to Siberia to adopt a baby girl. Having immersed himself in the landscape and culture, he returned with enough stories and still lifes to make 100 perfect postcards.' Tom Gatti, The Times