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.

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