Em alguns locais russos chamados de "polos de frio", temperaturas de até -40°C Foto: Gazeta Russa
The first time, Ian Frazier came to be in Russia by accident, after he met the Russian artists Komar and Melamid. Having arrived in Moscow, he received an unexpected invitation to go further into Siberia, which captured his heart for many years.
In his introduction to the book, he writes that in America, and around the world, Siberia seems like a strange, cold, faraway place, where one can be "exiled." However, at the same time, this place is romantic and mysterious, which you can even hear ringing in its name "Si-ber-ia" – a place still seemingly unknown.
In his travelogue Ian Frazier refers to the history of Siberia, and the history of travel to Siberia – for example, Kennen George’s books, which explored the area in the 19th century, and compares them with the reality he encounters. Much attention is also paid to the people who helped him during his travel. As Frazier said at a meeting in Krasnoyarsk, Siberians surrounded him exclusively with care, attention and curiosity.
We asked Ian Frazier to advise us about which main places, in his opinion, are definitely worth visiting in Siberia and picked appropriate citations from his book.