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  • Title: The Spirit-Wrestlers
  • Author: Philip Marsden
  • ISBN: 9780006388777
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theThe 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.
    The Spirit Wrestlers 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

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    1. 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 people Constantly on the move, but always able to seek out people or a person to talk to, who will share their beliefs, their way of life, their culture with him He finds a wealth of information from pe [...]

    2. 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 region Chechnya, Ingushetia, Ossetia, Abkhazia were already set in motion Marsden travelled in a sullen landscape of shell scars, distant rifle shots, border posts bound up in the hostile snow His origina [...]

    3. 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 having already failed to finish several massive tomes about the history of that country The New Russians, Inside Russia Today , I figured a buck was an acceptable risk This book was such a compelling [...]

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    5. 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 to be a future classic He observes, comments but never crudely judges what he sees He moves into the landscape not merely across it as a traveller He has left an account of much that is quietly heroic [...]

    6. 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 descriptions of people and the places they inhabit The author s astute observations about the soul of the communities he engages with tells us about them than than any number of sociological treatises could do [...]

    7. Strange journey from the banks of the Don to the Caucasus in the footsteps of the weird sect of the Doukhobors, the Spirit wrestlers Not sure I follow the logic of the book sometimes, but some of the characters and situations and anecdotes made this an enjoyable read for me Especially the Caucasus section.

    8. A fascinating and well written insight into the Russian Soul, filled with interesting characters and anecdotes For anyone that s spent any time in the former Soviet Union, you will find much to relate to in the book.

    9. Reveals mysticism in rural Russia so ingrained that decades of oppression couldn t snuff it out Fascinating stuff

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