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Among the Russians (Englisch)

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Evocatively written even though twenty years ago...very illuminating.

The book was cheap and quickly despatched...highly worthwhile as a read.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a very interesting and well written book. Mr Thuron ... 20. November 2014
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a very interesting and well written book. Mr Thuron has a knack for describing unusual encounters with people and his descriptions of places visited is poetic at times and starkly realistic as well. His very subtle sense of humour reveals itself in the most unexpected ways. An insight into how things were in russia not that long ago!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Bumpy start 14. September 2013
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This is first of a trilogy travel journal. Maddening is that Thubron finds not one thing pleasant, admirable, or poignant about Russia. Hardly credible. And while Thubron is highbrow with vocabulary (you'll need a dictionary close by) the man cannot for the life of him spell "Tatar." "Tartar" is a fish sauce Colin! The people you are writing about are "Tatars" (ONE "r"). Stay with Colin though. He absolutely redeems himself in the two remaining books and will take you places all westerners must visit.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen 1980 vs. 2010 15. November 2010
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As a cultural anthropologist who was been living and working in St. Petersburg, Russia for several years I can recommend this book for only what it is now. This is a travel narrative written over a period of weeks by one person, who did not speak Russian, in a tightly regulated tourist industry. Firstly, most people would agree that not speaking a language of a culture seriously inhibits your ability to assess what is actually happening and why. Secondly, at the time this was originally written, the Soviet Union, nor anyone else thought that it was in decline (1980 was also the year that the Olympics were held in Russia and an year after the invasion of Afghanistan)and seeing it as such is only because of hindsight.

Thuborn's travel is from the in-tourist perspective, several other Western travelers who visited for conferences and business trips might explain something completely different. I know one such American photographer, Demarest Peterson, who traveled to Russia in the 1950's who was virtually uninhibited by the tourist guides from the in-tourist department, and was even able to take pictures of worshipers in a Russian Orthodox church during this time!

Consider the alternative, imagine a Russian who was able to visit the US, under false pretenses, at about the same time, alone, poor in English and by car (if this would ever have been allowed). Would they be allowed to travel independently? Probably not. Would they be monitored by governmental officials? Probably yes. Would they be requested to join an official tour group to "give them a better traveling experience" (to keep an eye on them)? Yes, most certainly. Would their documents have been examined? Yes. Seeing it from the other side may help to explain the experiences that Thuborn had. Very few traveled to Russia from the West during this time which may help to explain the enigma of Russia more than one persons two week journal.

I can recommend this book from only this perspective, as a historical narrative, and not as something to be considered for 2010. Russia has changed greatly in the last 10 years alone and it resembles nothing of the Soviet Union in 1980. If taken as a guide this book, now, will only heighten one's sense of cultural shock. And when you return, write of your own experiences, they are sorely needed.
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