Apr 20, 2021
Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
Posted by Jeremy Poolman

The Road of Bones is the story of Russia s greatest road For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to the rise of Putin and his oil rich oligarchy Tsars, wars, famine and wealth all have crossed and travelled this road, but no one has ever told its storyThe Road of Bones is the story of Russia s greatest road For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to the rise of Putin and his oil rich oligarchy Tsars, wars, famine and wealth all have crossed and travelled this road, but no one has ever told its story In pursuit of the sights, sounds and voices both past and present, Jeremy Poolman travels the Vladimirka Both epic and intimate, The Road of Bones is a record of his travels but much It looks into the hearts and reveals the histories of those whose lives have been changed by what is known by many as simply The Greatest of Roads This is a book about life and about death and about the strength of will it takes to celebrate the former while living in the shadow of the latter Anecdotal and epic, The Road of Bones follows the author s journey along this road, into the past and back again The book takes as its compass both the voices of history and those of today and draws a map of the cities and steppes of the Russian people s battered but ultimately indefatigable spirit.

  • Title: Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
  • Author: Jeremy Poolman
  • ISBN: 9781847376473
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Road of Bones A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia The Road of Bones is the story of Russia s greatest road For over years the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation s history having witnessed everything from the first

    Peter Calladine

    I have visited Russia around 40 times I speak poor Russian but have a good knowledge of Russian history, literature, cinema, art, music and culture I am always pleased to see a new book by a Russian author or a new book on Russia myself That is why my wife bought me The Road of Bones by Jeremy Poolman Despite it being passed off as some sort of enlightening tome on a particularly nasty piece of Russian history, namely the practice of making prisoners walk to their place of exile in Siberia, to m [...]


    Vikas Datta

    A pensive trek across the heart of Russia and its history


    Judy

    For many years I have been fascinated by Russia in a rather unlearned way The country seems to possess a strange psyche a mixture of despair and doggedness An almost Third World savagery countered by great art, music and literature, not to mention its scientific achievements.I enjoyed reading this for the many anecdotes that emerged from people the author met along the road from Moscow to Siberia Sobering though they were, they gave life and authenticity to the book The author s descriptions of [...]


    Amelia

    Some interesting snippets of story, but not the history of the gulags and the roads to them I was expecting at all.All the Russians met in this book have a clearly fatal case of ennui, which is unsurprising, given what they ve gone through, and I think these glimpses into the life of a mixed bag of every day Russians is the main thing that holds this book together.


    Alan Fricker

    Pretty moderate stuff Some great stories but just doesn t really hang together as a book


    Todd

    Not as grim as its title and cover makes it seem, it is of a travelogue loosely based around the inspiration the author received from Isaak Levitan s The Vladimirka Road and from a friend Max who had an ancestor who suffered in the Gulags So the author set off to find and travel along the road, in search of it would seem his own inner peace So while the topic of the Communist Gulag and the Czar s similar system of prisons before comes up, along with stories of victims of these systems, it also [...]


    Stefanie

    Poolman s book is a personal journey and in being about the individual also becomes about the many In this case, the many are the millions of souls that have walked the Vladamirka the road that leads from Moscow to Siberia, to the Gulag s , to the place where so many so called criminals perished It is a journey taken due to a promise made a promise to a friend in New Zealand who died prematurely of a brain tumour a promise to ensure that he and his great great grandfather who walked this terribl [...]


    Craig

    This has got to be the worst factual book I ve ever read The author has made so many mistakes that by the time I got to page 34 I could read it no longer By 1922, within 5 years, following the deaths of Lenin and Trotsky.blah, blah, blah Trotsky was murdered in 1940 Go figure We were sitting in Max s father s home on Lake Taupo, December s heat already fading, the chill autumn air coming onblah, blah, blah Lake Taupo is located in the centre of New Zealand s North Island December is the START of [...]


    Hannah

    A lot of reviews for this have disliked the syntax and writing style independent arts ent the one at the Independent, for example but I didn t have a problem with them I also thought that the short chapters, giving a snippet of a part of the Vladimirka Road worked very well, and that there was just enough sense of movement to keep the book going Movement, in this sort of writing, is tricky Part of Poolman s intention with the book, I thought, was to emphasise that the road is static, and that wh [...]


    Shane

    An enjoyable and often heart wrenching story of the tortured history of Russia and, in particular, the Vladimirka Road , told through anecdotes of a traveller and story teller Sometimes a little marred by repetition and journalistic opinion, but really enjoyable nonetheless.


    Sankarshan

    An interesting subject that is somewhat not helped by the baggage of memories, back stories and lots of anecdotes The painting can be seen at enpedia wiki Vladimir The story, about the road, hopes and the system is what can keep you hooked on to the book.


    Wilde Sky

    A description of a journey through Russia was difficult to rate some of it was quite interesting a lot of it was not very good My rating of 3 is for the occasional good bits.


    Nicola

    Quite an easy and interesting read, a good overview of the Russian landscape without going in to too much detail and a nice personal touch given due to the story of the journey of Max s cloth.


    Helen

    Over long sentences, portentous tone and bad punctuation Shame since the subject matter is very interesting That s what s keeping me reading.


    Maggie

    Not great too much self reflection and not enough about the Road of Bones I will now try Jonathan Dimbleby s Russia to find out .


    Krozza

    I m fascinated by Russia Poolman s descriptive prose works well, providing for a interesting read that immerses you in the harsh, depressive bleakness of this intriguing country.


    Tori

    I did not care for the author s writing style, but it provided me with than enough snippets of Russian history and culture to keep me interested.


    Paul

    Really good book about a journey in to Russia s past



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