• "This is an amazing journey, the ultimate quest for the oddest objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But Sophy Roberts makes it much more than that, an elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this book."

    Paul Theroux
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    A masterpiece of modern travel literature with words that sing from its pages. A definitive exploration of Russia's wild east.


    Levison Wood
  • "Utterly fascinating and revealing to anyone who only knows Siberia through its Great Myth as a forgotten, frozen Nowhere."

    Christopher Somerville