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From the Publisher"A welcome survey... [a] thorough overview...full of luminous facts and interpretations. ...A sturdy, more complete companion to other recent looks at the area."
—Kirkus Reviews (Sept 1, 2003)
"A thoughtful account of 20th-century Uzbekistan and Tajikstan through the eyes and voices of three generations of its people...eloquent, often harrowing testimonies."
- The Sunday Telegraph (London)
"A work rich in both historical insight and emotional depth, [Land Beyond the River] offers an extraordinarily three-dimensional portrait of a region and its people." - The Scotsman (UK)
"Whitlock offers, as does the [BBC World] Service on the airwaves, somewhere in which countries can understand themselves through the devotion of outsiders to local detail. That voice of the true correspondent is most often present in asides, and Whitlock's, like her book, are exceptional." - Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Well informed and highly illuminating." - The Guardian (London)