River of No Reprieve: Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death, and Destiny

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Travel - 230 pages
In a custom-built boat, Jeffrey Tayler traveled some 2,400 miles down the Lena River, from near Lake Baikal to high above the Arctic Circle, re-creating a journey first made by Cossack forces more than three hundred years ago. He was searching for primeval beauty and a respite from the corruption, violence, and self-destructive urges that typify modern Russian culture.

His only companion on this hellish journey detests all humanity, including Tayler. Vadim, Tayler’s guide, is a burly Soviet army veteran whose superb skills Tayler needs to survive. As the two navigate roiling white water in howling storms, they eschew lifejackets because the frigid water would kill them before they could swim to shore. Though Tayler has trekked by camel through the Sahara and canoed down the Congo during the revolt against Mobutu, he has never felt as threatened as he does on this trip.
 

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RIVER OF NO REPRIEVE: Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death, and Destiny

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After 11 years in Moscow, American journalist Tayler took a river trip through Russia's Siberian hinterlands, encountering a punishing climate and plentiful nostalgia for the communist past.In the ... Read full review

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Siberia today comprises many small, poor villages that grew out of the trade routes and exile and resettlement policies of various Soviet regimes. Tayler (Angry Wind;Siberian Dawn), who has lived in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
22
Section 4
32
Section 5
43
Section 6
58
Section 7
69
Section 8
76
Section 12
111
Section 13
132
Section 14
140
Section 15
156
Section 16
171
Section 17
180
Section 18
198
Section 19
215

Section 9
88
Section 10
97
Section 11
104
Section 20
223
Section 21
231
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About the author (2007)

JEFFREY TAYLER is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Harper's Magazine, and National Geographic. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Facing the Congo, Angry Wind, and River of No Reprieve.

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