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A Journey to the End of the Russian Empire by Anton Chekhov
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Mar 23, 11

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Read from March 06 to 23, 2011

In 1890 Chekhov travelled across Russia to the island of Sakhalin. This book is made up of two sections: the first a series of letters to family and friends covering the journey eastwards. Full of accounts of journeys by sleigh and ferry, waiting for days for riverboat connections, and the spectacular scenery of the Amur region.

The second is what reads like public articles on the conditions of life on Sakhalin which seems at that time to have dominated by convict colonies and the remnants of the Gilyak people. Grim, and informative.
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