In Search of Kazakhstan

In Search of Kazakhstan : The Land That Disappeared

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The only thing most people know about Kazakhstan is that homeland to Borat - and he isn't even real. Actually this vast place - the last unknown inhabited country in the world - is far more surprising and entertaining. For one thing, it is as varied as Europe, combining stupendous wealth, grinding poverty, exotic traditions and a mad dash for modernity. Crisscrossing a vanished land, Christopher Robbins finds Eminem by a shrinking Aral Sea, goes eagle-hunting, visits the scene of Dostoyevsky's doomed first love, takes up residence beside one-time neighbour Leon Trotsky and visits some of the most beautiful, unspoilt places on earth.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 399.17g
  • 24 May 2007
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London
  • maps
  • 1861978685
  • 9781861978684
  • 640,901

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Christopher Robbins is the author of two non-fiction books on the Vietnam War, and The Empress of Ireland. He became intrigued by Kazakhstan sitting on an aeroplane next to an American from Arkansas on his way there to collect an internet bride.

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"Magnificent... a consummate and classic portrait of one of the great picaresque personalities of the twentieth century" Simon Callow, Guardian "A complete delight" William Boyd, Daily Telegraph "Hilarious and unexpectedly moving" The Times"

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