Journey Into Russia

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Island Press, Aug 1, 1984 - Soviet Union - 374 pages
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What an awful, inept book. The worst I have read by a western travel writer on Russia. Published in 1964 it is now a work of history as much as a travelogue. Mr Van der Post has something of a ... Read full review

Contents

DEPARTURE
1
MOSCOW THE CAPITAL
18
CONVERSATION IN AN AEROPLANE
47
TASHKENT
64
SAMARKAND AND BUKHARA
88
BAKU AND TBILISI
103
DELEGATION COUNTRY
131
MY YOUNG FRIENDS IN YALTA
152
j JOURNEY BY SEA 770
170
COSSACK COUNTRY
184
MAY DAY
196
KIEV
216
TRAIN NUMBER TWO
236
SIBERIA
284
A TALE OF THREE CITIES
320
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About the author (1984)

Colonel Laurens Van der Post, a British subject born in South Africa, has "spent most of his adult life with one foot in Africa and one in England." A soldier, explorer, traveler, and philosopher, he fought in World War II in Ethiopia, Syria, and the Far East. Since the war he has worked for the British government on a variety of missions throughout Africa. Van der Post's beautifully composed Venture to the Interior (1952) is much more than an account of the planned journey from London to Nyasaland in South Africa, the climbing of Mianje, and the exploration of Nyika. It catches the "unique and indefinable spirit of the ancient continent" and explores the interiors of people's minds. His The Heart of the Hunter (1961) points the way toward a rediscovery of the positive values of the wilderness in our own lives.

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