The Greatest British "Siberia" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

    "Nights at the Circus" is a fantastical tale set in the late 19th century, centering around a trapeze artist who claims to be a swan princess with wings. A journalist is intrigued by her story and joins the circus to uncover the truth. As the troupe travels from London to Siberia, the journalist becomes increasingly enchanted by the strange world of circus performers and his relationship with the trapeze artist deepens. The book explores themes of love, freedom, and the blurred lines between reality and illusion.

    The 389th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Mendeleyev's Dream by Paul Strathern

    This book traces the history of chemistry from the ancient philosophers' wild speculations about the composition of the universe to the creation of the periodic table by Dmitri Mendeleyev. Through a blend of storytelling and science, it explores the development of atomic theory and chemical elements, leading up to Mendeleyev's groundbreaking dream in which he envisioned the periodic table in its modern form. The narrative delves into the lives and discoveries of key figures in the field of chemistry, illustrating how their work contributed to our understanding of the elements that make up the world around us.

    The 3416th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

    The novel is a gripping espionage thriller set in the frigid, remote reaches of Siberia, where a secret scientific research facility, hidden deep within the vast and treacherous Kolyma region, draws the interest of Western intelligence. The protagonist, a brilliant and linguistically gifted Englishman, is recruited for an almost impossible mission: to infiltrate the top-secret installation, Kolymsky Heights, and uncover its mysteries. Disguised as a native Siberian truck driver, he embarks on a perilous journey through the icy wilderness, facing extreme weather, treacherous terrain, and the ever-present risk of discovery by Soviet authorities. His quest for knowledge becomes a harrowing adventure of survival and espionage, as he delves into the enigmatic purpose of the facility and attempts to relay its secrets to the outside world.

    The 5146th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. In Siberia by Colin Thubron

    "In Siberia" is a travelogue that takes the reader on a profound journey through the vast and enigmatic Siberian landscape. The author traverses the region, from the Ural Mountains to the Arctic coast, exploring its desolate beauty and the resilience of its inhabitants amidst harsh climates and historical upheavals. Along the way, he encounters remnants of the Soviet era, indigenous cultures clinging to their traditions, and the poignant traces of exile and punishment that have marked the land. The narrative is a rich tapestry of history, personal encounters, and vivid descriptions that capture the soul of a place often synonymous with remoteness and exile.

    The 5517th Greatest Book of All Time

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