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Off the Beaten Tracks: Stories by Russian Hitchhikers

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"Today an unusually gifted generation is entering Russian literature. . . . Literature has not seen such an influx of energy in a long time."—Olga Slavnikova, director of the Debut Prize

By and about Russian hitchhikers, these stories take the reader along the endless roads of central Russia, the Urals, the Altai, Siberia, and beyond. In energetic and vivid prose they depic
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by GLAS New Russian Writing
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Donna
Feb 09, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: place, landscape, e-read
'The fact that it's Ufa is irrelevant, really. It's just another Russian metropolis. One of the few points on the map where two state highways intersect, in this case M7 Volga and M5 Ural.' The Pale City: Igor Savelyev

Spoken like a true long haul hitchhiker.
I picked this up because words like Ural, road, and taiga were irresistible to me. I took to it because of its quality and my nostalgia. Canada, 1969 to 1973, it seemed like every young person took to the Trans-Canada to hitch hike to Van. I
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Tracy Reilly
Jan 23, 2013 Tracy Reilly rated it really liked it
Somewhere between 3 and 4 really. I like the vicarious travel around Russia, and the in the moment-ness of the stories, but the writers weren't so great at bringing the characters around them to life as well as I'd like, since they seemed like potentially interesting people. Probably just due to inexperience ??

Maybe the subject, hitchhiking, forced too much "in-the-moment". Still, glad I read it--the last writer was perhaps the bravest and most interesting. Imagine, a young girl putting herself
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J.T.
A well-written and well-translated collection of stories about young people who hitchhike across Russia. They have land mass. They have road. They don't get stuck all day outside of Wawa.

There are three writers at work here, Igor Savelyev, Irina Bogatyreva, and Tatiana Mazepina. I enjoyed the first two stories about traveling the vast expanses of Siberia, but the third story about a journey through Turkey, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt failed to hold my interest.
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amazing stories, definitely well written and thoughtful. look forward to more from these three
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