Reeling In Russia: An American Angler In Russia

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1999 - History - 304 pages

In the summer of 1996, award-winning journalist Fen Montaigne embarked on a hundred-day, seven-thousand-mile journey across Russia. Traveling with his fly rod, he began his trek in northwestern Russia on the Solovetsky Islands, a remote archipelago that was the birthplace of Stalin's gulag. He ended half a world away as he fished for steelhead trout on the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the shores of the Pacific.

His tales of visiting these far-flung rivers are memorable, and at heart, Reeling in Russia is far more than a story of an angling journey. It is a humorous and moving account of his adventures in the madhouse that is Russia today, and a striking portrait that highlights the humanity and tribulations of its people.

In the end, the reader is left with the memory of haunted northern landscapes, of vivid sunsets over distant rivers, of the crumbling remains of pre-Revolutionary estates, and a cast of dogged Russians struggling to build a life amid the rubble of the Communist regime.

 

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Contents

Solovki
8
Waiting for Mikhailich
41
Prince Kurakins Madhouse
82
Distance
110
Baikal
154
Truckers
190
Kolyma
211
Kamchatka
251
Epilogue
271
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About the author (1999)

Former Moscow bureau chief for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fen Montaigne writes for National Geographic and Audubon. He lives in Atlanta.

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