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Journey Into Russia

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Journey Into Russia is the extraordinary record of an extraordinary journey into the heartland -- and the hearts -- of the Russian people. Twenty years ago, master storyteller Laurens van der Post travelled thousands of miles across Russia meeting people from every ethnic, educational and occupational background. Wherever he went, he talked and listened, supplementing what ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Island Press (first published 1964)
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Lorenzo Berardi
This is not an unusual account. Plenty of journalists traveled through Russia in the last turbulent years, but far less did it when it was still known as Soviet Union. And even less went to USSR in the Sixties.

Laurens van der Post did it. And this account is worth a reading although it takes several pages before getting into the right climax.

On the whole, van der Post's own experience from the Urals to Siberia passing through the Caucasus has a limit which is accidentally also its strength: it's
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Chris
Mar 16, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Laurens van der Post ‘Journey into Russia’

Last year I read John Steinbeck’s ‘A Russian Journal’ (with photos of Robert Capa) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
A journey through Russia soon after World War two and at the brink of the cold war. Fifteen years later, beginning of the 1960’s, Laurens van de Post makes a similar journey at the height of that same cold war.

Both trips being stickily controlled by Russian officials and a lot of propaganda, both authors being independent enough t
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Melissa
Jun 07, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story of mid century Russia - made me want to travel there (but how to go back to the 40's ?)
Sheila Stuart
Apr 19, 2015 Sheila Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sir Laurens Jan van der Post (aka Laurens van der Post) was a 20th century Afrikaner author of many books, farmer, war hero, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles, godfather of Prince William, educator, journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer, and conservationist.
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