White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

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No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler. As a fiftieth birthday present to himself, he sets out to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, traversing a continent that is two and a half times bigger than America, awash with bandits, and not always fully equipped with roads. But if his mission sounds deranged it is in keeping with the land he is ...
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No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler. As a fiftieth birthday present to himself, he sets out to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, traversing a continent that is two and a half times bigger than America, awash with bandits, and not always fully equipped with roads. But if his mission sounds deranged it is in keeping with the land he is visiting. For Siberia is slowly dying — or, more accurately, killing itself. This is a traumatized post-Communist landscape peopled by the homeless and the hopeless: alcoholism is endemic, as are suicides, murders, and deaths from AIDS . As he gets to know these communities and speaks to the people, Hugo-Bader discovers a great deal of tragedy, but there is also dark humor to be found amongst the reindeer shepherds, the former hippies, the modern-day rappers, the homeless and the sick, the shamans, and the followers of ‘one of the six Russian Christs,’ just one of the many arcane religions that flourish in this isolated, impossible region.
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"Now watch out. In this chapter the words 'die,' 'kill' and 'death' appear more than fifty times... If that doesn't suit you, don't read on," writes Polish journalist Hugo-Bader in a chapter of his book, covering the 21 suicides of a town in eastern Siberia. The author spent several months traveling through the region, exploring the bleak life there--and the people who bravely attempt it. But not always successfully. It makes for grim, but, at times, intriguing reading, especially chapters on Arzamas, whose people suffer the fallout from the USSR's nuclear bomb tests nearby, and Gorod, "the only place in Russia where I meet happy people." The town is home to one of the three men in Russia who claim to be Christ. To these vivid profiles and the dreary environment, the bleak lives of its inhabitants, the author brings a taut, straightforward style and black humor. Some references will stump readers not familiar with Russian culture, but Hugo-Bader is an amiable and observant guide on a painful and illuminating journey. Photos, map. (Oct.)
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"Hugo-Bader is often clever…[and] this book is really a vehicle to introduce readers to a kaleidoscope of eccentric and colorful Russian characters."—Library Journal

"With an open ear and a wry eye, Hugo-Bader delivers a dismaying but vivid chronicle of post-Communist Siberia."—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
A writer for the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reports on life at the harrowing margins of contemporary Russian society. The goal--driving solo 13,000 kilometers from Moscow to Vladivostok in a Russian Jeep--sounds like a travel stunt, complete with bandits, militia men, frigid overnights in the cab with the engine running for heat. But Hugo-Bader is a journalist by trade and travelogue is only the pretext for this book, which takes a stark, shocking look at Russia's lower depths, its homeless people, alcoholics, drug addicts, sex workers and HIV sufferers, among others. Hugo-Bader's best writing occurs after he finally leaves Moscow and hits the road, passing through off-the-charts places in eastern Russia and especially Siberia. Along the way, he visited with the inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle in Izhevsk, capital of the Russian arms industry; explored a still-lethal nuclear weapons test site near the Kazakhstan border; and interviewed shamans and a self-styled reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Most striking is the tale of the Siberian taiga reindeer herders, members of nearly extinct aboriginal tribes who have been embarking on self-decimation by alcohol and suicide. Amid the brutality, the author found moments of joy and genuine humanity. "Time and again," he writes, "after ten or more hours of lonely driving across wild wastelands I felt as if I were part of this machine…it was an uncanny feeling, so in my thoughts I had started to humanize it, talk to it, call it names, pay it compliments, saying it had a lovely voice, for example. Because it did." No charming folk customs here, just the hard facts of life in the frozen Russian north.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846272707
  • Publisher: Portobello Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012

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Born in 1957, Jacek Hugo-Bader is a Polish journalist for the leading daily paper, Gazeta Wyborcza. He is a former special-needs teacher, loader of trucks, weigher of pigs, and counselor of troubled couples. He lives in Warsaw.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Didn't even finish it.

    Im not sure what this book is supposed to be about. Maybe theres some travel story somewhere but I'm tired of trying to figure it out by looking at the TOC. Waste of money for me.

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