One Steppe Beyond

One Steppe Beyond

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Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times a€“ but in a dilapidated VDub... thata€™s got to be plain daft... hasna€™t it? A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they cana€™t think of a good reason why not. The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over-friendly gangsters. Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the nineties.Having left the outskirts of Kazan behind us, it took us thirty minutes to realise that the spare tyre had a slow puncture. ... a#39;garagea#39;, which had no tyres and couldna#39;t repair ours. ... At the bottom of a steep hill we found a settlement of wooden izbas, traditional style cottages, and nothing that looked very much like a garage.

Title:One Steppe Beyond
Author:Thom Wheeler
Publisher:Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW - 2011-08-01


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