One Steppe Beyond: Across Russia in a VW Camper (Paperback)Thom Wheeler (author)
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Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times - but in a dilapidated VDub... that's got to be plain daft... hasn't it?
I was in my prime, hungry to make a mark on the world, yet I was making ends meet by delivering egg and cress sandwiches on a bicycle with a bent axle to condescending office workers. Gainful employment in the ex-Soviet Union was a dream come true.
A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they can't think of a good reason why not. The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over-friendly gangsters. Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the nineties.
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 20 mm
'This is a book for would be road warriors and seasoned globetrotters alike. Wheeler's travelogue is informative, accessible, and more fun than a banya full of vodka swilling Dmitrys.' * Library Journal *
'A nice balance of humour and observation, of character and political commentary, One Steppe Beyond should have no trouble finding an audience among armchair travellers.' * Booklist *
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