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    Extreme Continental: Blowing Hot and Cold Through Central Asia (Paperback) By (author) Giles Whittell


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    DescriptionFollowing nearly a century of Soviet rule, Central Asia, surrounded by Russia, Iran and China, and sealed off by mountain ranges, is comparatively little-known in the West. When the USSR broke up in 1991 the five republics which had been artificially created by the Russians - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan - were released and emerged as autonomous entities. They are now accessible to the independent tourist. In 1914, before the Bolshevik Revolution, Stephen Graham journeyed across this vast land of fearsome deserts, mountains and inland seas, making his way from the Caspian Sea to Siberia. Nearly 80 years later, just after the fall of the Soviet regime, Giles Whittell came across Graham's account of his travels. He read it in one sitting and was inspired to make a similar journey, curious to see how much had changed. Avoiding the official Intourist routes, he met many larger-than-life characters and had a succession of bizarre and sometimes alarming experiences. Containing many anecdotes, this book is Whittell's description of his journey.

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    Extreme Continental
    Blowing Hot and Cold Through Central Asia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Whittell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 169 g
    ISBN 13: 9780575400078
    ISBN 10: 0575400072

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FC
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003010
    DC20: 915.804
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    b&w photographs, maps
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion mass market paperback
    Publication date
    20 June 1996
    Publication City/Country