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The Spirit-Wrestlers

The Spirit-Wrestlers

  • Title: The Spirit-Wrestlers
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  • ISBN : 9780006388777
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 256 pages


The new book from the acclaimed author of The Crossing Place and The Bronski House.In Moscow, a man points on a map to the place where he was born He is a Doukhobor, a spirit wrestler , a member of a group of radical Russian sectarians He is pointing to a village beyond the southern steppe, at the far south of the old Russian empire I was born here, he says On the The new book from the acclaimed author of The Crossing Place and The Bronski House.In Moscow, a man points on a map to the place where he was born He is a Doukhobor, a spirit wrestler , a member of a group of radical Russian sectarians He is pointing to a village beyond the southern steppe, at the far south of the old Russian empire I was born here, he says On the edge of the world So begins Philip Marsden s Russian journey perhaps the most penetrating account of Russian life since the Soviet Union s collapse made travel possible again In villages unseen by outsiders since before the revolution, he encounters men and women of fabulous courage, larger than life, dazed by the century s turbulence By turns wise, devout, comic, they seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel Marsden meets such figures as the Yezidi Sheikh of Sheikhs, an exiled Georgian prince and a cast of passionate scholars, stooping survivors of the gulags, strutting Cossacks and extreme, isolated sects of Milk Drinkers and Spirit Wrestlers The Spirit Wrestlers peels away the grey facade of post Soviet Russia


Author Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden is the author of a number of works of travel writing, fiction and non fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit Wrestlers and The Levelling Sea He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages He lives in Cornwall.




The Spirit-Wrestlers Reviews (13)

  • Philip Marsden travels through southern Russia and the Caucasus, mixing with the some of the minor groups ethnic and religious Doukhobors spirit wrestlers , old believers, Mokolans, Yezidi and the Cossack groups He also visits Georgia, Ossetia and meets Armenians But accurately, he writes about pe [..]

  • For me this book is the perfect 3.5 not quite deserving of a 4 but definitely better than a 3 Let me try and figure out why Back in the mid 1990s, Philip Marsden went walkabout one summer in southern Russia and the Caucasus The Soviet Union had only just broken up, but the many conflicts of the regi [..]

  • I picked up this slim paperback from the dollar rack of a local bookstore, even though I generally avoid travel writing The authors always seem to be living the high life How difficult is it to wax lyrical about dining in the finest restuarants or sleeping in five star hotels Being a Russophile, and [..]

  • This book was given to me by a friend after they read my novel set in Siberia The Dragunov Deception Philip Marsden s work is a meditative account of his fascinating solo journey through remote parts of Russia This is a really first rate piece of writing and transcends travel journalism, deserving t [..]

  • Forget the usual travelogue This is a an insightful and fascinating voyage of discovery through the beliefs and spiritual traditions of peoples from Moscow to Armenia Written from a very personal perspective, the book could have been pretentious its not Its tightly written, with beautiful descriptio [..]

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