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Running with Reindeer - Roger Took

Running with Reindeer

Paperback Published: 12th January 2005
ISBN: 9780813343006
Number Of Pages: 365

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Russian Lapland, a region of amazing contrasts. Here lies the last true wilderness of Europe, a rich and pristine ecosystem teeming with bird and animal life. But here too lie the dark, satanic mills of the former Soviet Union and the rotting remnants of nuclear submarines. "Running with Reindeer" is the first account in over a century to describe life in this harsh but beautiful land. Living among remote reindeer-herding and hunting families, Roger Took spends a decade following the lives and traditions of the indigenous Lapps, or Saami. He meets pioneering villagers descended from medieval Novgorod fur-traders who are now learning to cope with the new economy, and the men and women originally forced north to mine Russian Lapland's fabulous mineral wealth but are now unemployed and stranded. Avoiding the still vigilant security services, he explores the naval bases where nuclear-powered submarines are lying dangerously neglected. His encounters with the land and its inhabitants are dramatic and comical as well as emotionally disturbing and physically dangerous. Moving between the lines of the official histories, coping with arduous Arctic conditions, he writes compellingly, offering a vivid account of a unique part of Europe.

Illustrationsp. ix
The Territory of Russian Laplandp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
Englishman Abroadp. 1
In Search of Aboriginalsp. 33
Settlersp. 101
Warm Frontsp. 155
Watershedp. 187
Rocks and Bloodp. 209
Cold Frontsp. 249
New Northernersp. 295
Running with Historyp. 337
Glossaryp. 345
Further Readingp. 348
Acknowledgmentsp. 353
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780813343006
ISBN-10: 0813343003
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 365
Published: 12th January 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.24  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition