River of White Nights: A Siberian River Odyssey

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Pavilion Books, Jul 27, 2006 - Travel - 288 pages

Jeffrey Tayler's intrepid journey up the Lena - a river closed to the world during the Soviet era - took him through some of Siberia's wildest and most hauntingly beautiful regions and brought him into contact with many groups of isolated villagers.

These people survive in this region - now a wild frontier that lives off the diamond trade - cut off from the world by lack of roads, neglected by the Russian government and prey to alcoholism.

Their untold stories form the the focus of the book, set against the backdrop of Tayler's descriptions of incredibly harsh weather conditions and his adventures in negotiating permission to travel in the region with Russian authorities and then navigating the Lena to its mouth in the Laptev Sea, above the arctic circle.

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About the author (2006)

Jeffrey Tayler is the author of "Siberian Dawn: A Journey Across the New Russia". He writes for "Conde Nast Traveler", "Spin", "Harper's", and other publications and is a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered". Two of his essays appeared in the inaugural edition of "The Best American Travel Writing". He lives in Russia.

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