By David Greene
Far-off from the modern cafés, fashion designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the true Russia exists.
Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene’s trip at the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country journey from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover cities sprinkled around the country’s snowy panorama, Greene speaks with traditional Russians approximately how their lives have replaced within the post-Soviet years.
These travels supply a glimpse of the hot Russia—a country that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity yet keeps to suffer oppression, corruption, a dwindling inhabitants, and stark inequality.
We persist with Greene as he unearths chance and hassle embodied in his fellow educate tourists and in conversations with citizens of cities all through Siberia.
We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small lodge in Ishim, scuffling with via corrupt layers of paperwork on a daily basis. Greene spends a joyous night with a gaggle of babushkas who made overseas headlines as runners-up on the Eurovision making a song pageant. They sing Beatles covers, along their conventional songs, discovering that track and companionship can heal wounds from the prior. In Novosibirsk, Greene has tea with Alexei, who runs the carpet corporation his mom all started after the Soviet cave in and has combined emotions a few executive within which his relations has performed fairly good. And in Chelyabinsk, a hunt for house particles after a meteorite touchdown leads Greene to a tender guy orphaned as undefined, compelled into army provider, and now realizing if any of his goals are possible.
Midnight in Siberia is a full of life shuttle narrative packed with humor, experience, and perception. It opens a window onto that country’s complex dating with democracy and gives a unprecedented investigate the soul of twenty-first-century Russia.