Koenker documents an uneasy tension between purpose and pleasure in Soviet vacation travel.
[Twenty Towns'] descriptive precision, playfulness and levelheadedness makes reading it a rewarding experience.
Made this in lieu of a review. The offending book will not be named.
The following underdeveloped ideas were entered into a Google Doc while at Chicago O’Hare, 27 July 2019.
So another travelogue has come and gone.
A case study in how voice can make or break a travelogue.
The moment I saw the title of this travelogue, I figured it was going to be either a subversion or full embrace of the "backwards Russia" trope. To my delight, it was the former - and Bears in the Streets proved a familiar but nonetheless enjoyable ride.
Moscow is an entertaining but superficial little romp.
I've done it. I've finally done it. I've found a five-star 2000s Russia travel memoir.
A cross between mean girl talk and Martha Stewart etiquette classes, set among the Moscow 1%. This is going to be rough.
In Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape, British journalist Susan Richards explores how the sudden and dramatic changes following the fall of the USSR affected everyday people across Russia.
There is little that is memorable about this traipse across post-Soviet Russia.