The bestselling author of Great Plains returns with a stunning Russian travelogue.
Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, focuses his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is but one of many reasons for the regi... on's fascinating, enduring appeal in his stunning new book. With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia's most famous exiles, from the well-known--Dostoevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)--to the lesser known (like Natal).
It reflects like an optical instrument and responds to changes in the weather so sensitively that it seems like a part of the sky rather than of the land. And along with all that, Baikal is distinctly Asiatic: if a camel caravan could somehow transport Baikal across Siberia to Europe, and curious buyers unwrapped it in a marketplace, none would mistake it for a lake from around there.