The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

by Slavomir Rawicz


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The harrowing true tale of seven escaped Soviet prisoners who desperately marched out of Siberia through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

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ISBN-13: 9781493022618
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 97,970
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Slavomir Rawicz lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack, and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death in 2004.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald Downing vii

Introduction to the Polish Edition ix

I Kharkov and the Lubyanka 1

II Trial and Sentence 12

III From Prison to Cattle Truck 23

IV Three Thousand Miles by Train 37

V Chain Gang 47

VI End of the Journey 58

VII Life in Camp 303 67

VIII The Wife of the Commissar 81

IX Plans for Escape 93

X Seven Cross the Lena River 105

XI Baikal and a Fugitive Girl 116

XII Kristina Joins the Party 128

XIII Across the Trans-Siberian Railway 139

XIV Eight Enter Mongolia 152

XV Life Among the Friendly Mongols 165

XVI The Gobi Desert: Hunger, Drought and Death 177

XVII Snake Meat and Mud 191

XVIII The Last of the Gobi 203

XIX Six Enter Tibet 215

XX Five By-Pass Lhasa 228

XXI Himalayan Foothills 241

XXII Strange Creatures 253

XXIII Four Reach India 264

Afterword to the 1997 Edition 274

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