White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia by Jacek Hugo-Bader (Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones) - review by Anna Reid

Anna Reid

Grim Up North?

White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

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This is a frustrating book. In 2007 Jacek Hugo-Bader, a writer on the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, spent four months driving from Moscow to Vladivostok in a beat-up Lazhik, an old-fashioned, well-loved model of Soviet jeep. He was alone, it was winter, and 3,000 of the journey’s 13,000 kilometres were over dirt roads.

From this unarguably epic experience he gives us a series of lightly edited interviews with people he met on the way. In Moscow, he hangs out with superannuated hippies – ‘shaggies’ in Russian slang – and with members of the city’s underground music scene, who play fascist and

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