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The Resource Midnight in Siberia : a train journey into the heart of Russia, David Greene

Midnight in Siberia : a train journey into the heart of Russia, David Greene

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Midnight in Siberia : a train journey into the heart of Russia
Title
Midnight in Siberia
Title remainder
a train journey into the heart of Russia
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David Greene
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eng
Summary
"After two and a half years as NPR's Moscow bureau chief, David Greene travels across the country--a 6,000-mile journey by rail, from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok--to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Reaching beyond the headline-grabbing protests in Moscow, Greene speaks with a group of singing babushkas from Buranovo, a teenager hawking 'space rocks' from last spring's meteor shower in Chelyabinsk, and activists battling for environmental regulation in the pollution-choked town of Baikalsk"--Provided by publisher
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  • In 2013, after several years serving as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief, Greene traveled 6,000 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railway in a quixotic attempt to understand the Russian soul. As Green journeyed across the Siberian landscape, he made frequent stops to interview ordinary Russians in a variety of situations to capture the everyday realities of post-Soviet Russia. The result is chronicled in this travelogue that reads like a series of episodic radio pieces in the NPR style, a collage of Green’s interviews and insights from scholars about Russian history that attempts to answer a few difficult questions: what do the Russians want? Why do they tolerate a corrupt and restrictive government? And, as the Arab Spring erupts in the Middle East, how close is Russia to (another) revolution? What Greene finds is complex and frequently contradictory but all the more thought-provoking: a small business owner who believes Russia must be patient and slowly “develop” towards democracy, a taxi driver who wishes for socialism, an anti-Putin activist who believes Russia needs an autocrat like Stalin (but more benign). Despite the poverty and repression he frequently encounters, Greene remains optimistic throughout his travels, and he reproduces the source of this conviction in this collection of vignettes. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 4, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 31, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ As an NPR host and correspondent, Greene has shared stories and political situations from all over the world. Here he narrates his experiences traveling across Russia on a 6,000-mile train journey with his faithful friend and translator Sergei, after living in Moscow for several years. So much more than a survey of the top sights, this is a close look at the people who embody the beautiful and chaotic spirit of Russia. Whether portraying the hyperattentive spa employee, Marina; Vasily, a veterinarian encountered over vodka in a Russian bath; or the paralyzed Alexei, who was wrongfully accused of a crime, Greene's tales of his encounters delve into the history, politics, and culture that make Russian people tick. His observations of the lingering effects of communism are particularly striking as he meets residents grappling daily with wanting to escape their communist past while hoping to retain their traditions, even at the cost of a more democratic future. VERDICT An impressive look at a complex country, this book brings the reader into direct contact with myriad Russians struggling and surviving in their snowy, expansive homeland. Recommended for NPR and travel fans as well as those interested in a more personal exploration [repeats above] of Russian politics. [See Prepub Alert, 4/14/14.]— Katie Lawrence, Chicago --Katie Lawrence (Reviewed September 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 15, p96)
  • A former Russia correspondent for NPR ends his gig by taking a train across Siberia, generating new experiences and remembering earlier ones. Greene, who's still with NPR as a host with Morning Edition, debuts with a journey that is personal and emotional, both actual and metaphorical. He begins by explaining his history with Russia: He and his significant other, Rose, moved there in 2009; the inability to speak or understand Russian remained an issue for both of them—but one they were able to surmount with the aid of Sergei, a translator who became one of the author's best friends. During his journey of thousands of miles (Rose was with him only temporarily), Greene tells us about the hassles of traveling (security agents shadowing them), the explicit and tacit rules for behavior on trains, the charms of traveling third class (as circumstance occasionally forced them to do), and the people they encountered—both on the train and in the communities where they stopped. Greene had met some during other reporting excursions; others were strangers who shared rail compartments, managed hotels and drove public transportation. But traveling also provided Greene an opportunity to recall important experiences throughout his life. He recalls an intense conversation about hockey, a visit to a Holocaust memorial and a series of low points in his journalism career. In addition, the author offers quite a few quotations from other travelers and from Russian writers—Chekhov appears more than once. He also speculates continually about the Russian character: What do they really think about Vladimir Putin? Why does there seem to be lingering nostalgia for Stalin? How do they manage to deal with the almost Kafkaesque aspects of the Russian bureaucracy? Glowing in its profound affection for the Russian people, an affection Greene convinces readers to share.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10361645
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DLC
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1976-
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Greene, David
Dewey number
914.704
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
DK510.29
LC item number
.G74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Greene, David
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  • Railroad travel
  • Interviews
  • Social change
  • Social problems
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Russia (Federation)
Target audience
adult
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a journey into the heart of Russia
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Midnight in Siberia : a train journey into the heart of Russia, David Greene
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Publication
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Includes index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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Contents
Rose -- Sergei -- Boris -- Another Sergei -- Liubov -- Nina -- Alexei -- Vasily -- Galina -- Marina -- Angelina -- Andrei -- Polina -- Ivan -- Tatiana -- Nadezhda -- Yet another Sergei -- Taisiya -- Igor -- Olga -- Vitaly
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780393239959
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014029382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)889426310
  • (OCoLC)ocn889426310
  • 383553
Label
Midnight in Siberia : a train journey into the heart of Russia, David Greene
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Rose -- Sergei -- Boris -- Another Sergei -- Liubov -- Nina -- Alexei -- Vasily -- Galina -- Marina -- Angelina -- Andrei -- Polina -- Ivan -- Tatiana -- Nadezhda -- Yet another Sergei -- Taisiya -- Igor -- Olga -- Vitaly
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780393239959
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014029382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)889426310
  • (OCoLC)ocn889426310
  • 383553

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