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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1964 by The Hogarth Press Ltd (first published January 1st 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
Mar 16, 2016 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)
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
Revanth Ukkalam
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, travel
Sometimes one has to read bad books. This is one of those. Unfortunately, however, it is from one of my favourite genres - travel. This book is a great mirror to the deep and unshakable anti-Soviet, Communist prejudice of the time and the power and persuasiveness of American exceptionalism. The author throughout his journey into the great lands of the Soviet Union has little purpose other than bashing their collectivism. He asserts continuously that in the Soviet world, the spirit of ...more
Stephen Hayes
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
I read this book in conjunction with The Golden Horde, which was written about thirty years later, and have written about them together in a blog post at Back in the USSR | Khanya.
Sheila Stuart
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ee Cheng Ooi
Well-written and interesting. I enjoyed the travelogue part of it, but slogged through the conjecture.
Judith Bishop
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally fascinating and beautifully written. I have been to Russia recently a few times, but to hear it described as it was in the 1960s is a rare treat.
This is the log of Van Der Post who traveled to Russia shortly after the Cold War. He notes in the beginning that as a Brit, he's heard so much anti-Russian sentiment that he wanted to travel and meet the people first before making his own conclusions.

So, this book is from the point of view of a foreigner.

It can get a little pretentious at times, but I feel was ultimately well-meaning. He tells stories of students he's met, discussions he had on planes and how oppressed he felt being in an
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story of mid century Russia - made me want to travel there (but how to go back to the 40's ?)
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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.