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Border - A Journey Around Russia

SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

«Truly a masterly performance . . . The book has so many qualities that it is impossible to mention them all. Fatland masters the genre to perfection . . . The Border transcends all borders. Reading it is a true delight.»

Aftenposten

"Erika Fatland [is] shaping up to be one of the Nordics' most exciting new travel writers" National Geographic

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORDS DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020**

"A hauntingly lyrical meditation to the contingencies of history" Wall Street Journal

"[An] impressive mix of history, reportage and travel memoir" Washington Post

The Border is a book about Russia and Russian history without its author ever entering Russia itself; a book about being the neighbour of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. Les mer

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"Erika Fatland [is] shaping up to be one of the Nordics' most exciting new travel writers" National Geographic

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORDS DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020**

"A hauntingly lyrical meditation to the contingencies of history" Wall Street Journal

"[An] impressive mix of history, reportage and travel memoir" Washington Post

The Border is a book about Russia and Russian history without its author ever entering Russia itself; a book about being the neighbour of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. It is a chronicle of the colourful, exciting, tragic and often unbelievable histories of these bordering nations, their cultures, their people, their landscapes.

Through her last three documentary books - one about terrorism in Beslan, one about the 2011 terror attacks in Norway and one about post-Soviet Central Asia - social anthropologist Erika Fatland has established herself as a sharp observer and an outstanding interviewer at the forefront of Nordic non-fiction.

Translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson

Detaljer

Forlag
MacLehose Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
608
ISBN
9780857057785
Utgivelsesår
2021
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Erika Fatland was born in 1983 and studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Her 2011 book, The Village of Angels, was an in situ report on the Beslan terror attacks of 2004 and she is also the author of The Year Without Summer, describing the harrowing year that followed the massacre on Utøya in 2011. For Sovietistan (2019) she was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford/Lonely Planet Debut Travel Writer of the Year, and The Border (2020) was shortlisted for the Stanfords Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband. KARI DICKSON is a translator from Norwegian of crime fiction, literary fiction, children's books, theatre and non-fiction, including Erika Fatland's Sovietistan and The Border. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language, literature and translation at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked with B.C.L.T.
and the Writers' Centre Norwich.

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«Truly a masterly performance . . . The book has so many qualities that it is impossible to mention them all. Fatland masters the genre to perfection . . . The Border transcends all borders. Reading it is a true delight.»

Aftenposten

«The strength of Fatland's second travel book lies in its ability to make history come alive through stories . . . Well-informed, precise, astute in its restraint, entertaining, balanced and not without the occasional dose of gentle irony - every chapter written by this border-crosser, who doesn't shy away from any ordeal, is captivating reading.»

Renate Nimtz-Köster, Sueddeutsche Zeitung

«Masterly . . . A Norwegian Marco Polo . . . The lines of force of history become clear thanks to this thorough and well-written book by one of our best and most original young nonfiction authors.»

Dagbladet

«The Border is like a kinderegg, it is a travel book, a history book, and a biography of people we normally do not hear much about but to whom we become close through Fatland's long Odyssey.»

V.G.

«The latest from Norwegian social anthropologist Erika Fatland, who's shaping up to be one of the Nordics' most exciting new travel writers . . . An examination of Russia from its fringes, this is an interesting way to 'see' a country without ever actually going into it. And it offers up some pretty epic peripheral vision.»

Sarah Barrell, National Geographic

«Erika Fatland deserves both applause and thanks for this impressive mix of history, reportage and travel memoir»

Michael Dirda, Washington Post

«She weaves her travel narrative with stories of people whose lives have been affected by Russia's geopolitical ambitions. Armchair adventurers and Russian history buffs are in for a treat.»

Publishers Weekly

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