Midnight in Siberia

Midnight in Siberia

A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia

Book - 2014
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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. After two and a half years as NPR's Moscow bureau chief, David Greene travels across the country--a 6,000-mile journey by rail, from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok--to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Reaching beyond the headline-grabbing protests in Moscow, Greene speaks with a group of singing babushkas from Buranovo, a teenager hawking 'space rocks' from last spring's meteor shower in Chelyabinsk, and activists battling for environmental regulation in the pollution-choked town of Baikalsk. Through the stories of fellow travelers, Greene explores the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia--a nation that boasts open elections and new-found prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression, corruption, and stark inequality. Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia, Greene's lively travel narrative offers a glimpse into the soul of twentieth-century Russia--how its people remember their history and look forward to the future"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780393239959
Characteristics: xvii, 318 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Aug 09, 2016

David Greene, a co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, spent several years based in Russia, and in Midnight in Siberia, he describes his eye-opening travels along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Traveling third class from Moscow to Vladivostok, he meets ordinary but fascinating people -- from singing babushkas to entrepreneurial teens -- and shares food and time with them. Using this trip as a lens, he also focuses on the challenges faced by 21st-century Russia. For another entertaining look at this vast, storied place, try Ian Frazier's acclaimed Travels in Siberia.

Homa7 Apr 23, 2015

Midnight in Siberia by David Green

NPR correspondent David Greene gets modern Russia to life as he and one of his Russian coworkers takes a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostak. He is either freezing or on an overheated train meets many fascinating people and each chapter is dedicated to a specific person they meet on the train or have an appointment to meet, he is bewildered despite their unsatisfactory towards their government , jailing of people with no proof they do not rise up and bring a democracy to their country. One of the more surprising meet ups was the son of the man who invented the Kalashnakov. I found the book to be both engaging and worth reading.

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