THE SIBERIANS by Farley Mowat


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Sabir, the Sleeping Land, the Void of Darkness, is no more""; today it is Russia's New Frontier with hydroelectric plants, dairy farms, universities and a new multi-million-dollar industry of reindeer husbandry all flourishing in the ""eternal frost"" at 30 degrees below zero. Mowat is charmed throughout by the Siberians' cheerful disrespect for Russian bureaucracy; he is bitter and rueful at the contrast between the Yakut, Evenki and Chukchee who are enjoying unprecedented prosperity and a cultural renaissance and the impoverishment and wanton neglect of their Eskimo cousins in the North American wilderness. Siberia's new immigrants from European Russia are young, optimistic and endowed with endless stamina; they see the cities as places for old people and Siberia as a land of material abundance with higher wages and longer vacations. Mowat's keen appreciation is catching.

Pub Date: March 11th, 1971
Publisher: Little, Brown--A.M.P.