Dersu the Trapper

Dersu the Trapper


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In DERSU THE TRAPPER, Arseniev gives an account of his travels in the Ussuri region of far eastern Siberia in the early 1900s. It is a wilderness filled with creatures and tribes that make our Wild West look tame. Much of the narrative is woven around the character of Dersu Uzala, a native of the region, who became the author's guide, counselor and friend during these expeditions.

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Arseniev, a Russian geographer, ethnographer and geologist who surveyed the Taiga, the vast forest region of eastern Siberia, on three separate occasions between 1902 and 1907, knew the real Dersu Azala for some 19 months. The Dersu that appears here, is actually a composite character, combining the real Dersu with myths about the primitive lifestyle and heroic deeds of "noble savages" in the manner of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. All three expeditions described in this memoir entailed life-threatening danger from blizzards, rainstorms, lack of food, wild animals or hostile nativesand all ended with Dersu's instinctive knowledge saving the day. In a stock ending to the meeting of civilized and savage, Arseniev persuaded Dersu to come with him, but his friend could not adapt to restrictions of life indoors, preferring the rigors of is old nomadic existence to the spurious comforts of city life. Burdened by an awkward, outdated translation, this somewhat repetitive memoir still sustains interest as it recounts the adventures of two exceptional friends. Film buffs will also recognize it as the basis for Kurosawa's 1975 Oscar-winning movie, Dersu Azala. (Apr.)


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ISBN-13: 9780929701493
Publisher: McPherson & Company
Publication date: 06/28/1996
Series: Recovered Classics Series
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 471,074
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.02(d)

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