Travels in Siberia (2010) Siberia isn't a place that gets much love: The expansive Russian territory is known more as a prison-camp hub than a destination spot. But Ian… 2010-10-12 Nonfiction Travel Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

Travels in Siberia (2010)

Ian Frazier | Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2010; Writer: Ian Frazier; Genres: Nonfiction, Travel; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Siberia isn't a place that gets much love: The expansive Russian territory is known more as a prison-camp hub than a destination spot. But Ian Frazier, who demonstrated his devotion to wide-open spaces in Great Plains, has nothing but affection for that sparse landscape, penning a mash note to the world's synonym for brutality on Travels in Siberia. He observes at the start of the cross-continental journey that ''travel, like much else in life, can be more fun to read about than to do.'' This holds true here: While the hand- and mind-numbing trip through geographic purgatory couldn't have been a joy, the humor and genuine awe Frazier injects into his depictions are the stuff of a great vicarious vacation. A–

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Originally posted Oct 11, 2010 Published in issue #1125-1126 Oct 22, 2010 Order article reprints