On June 7, attend a virtual talk with acclaimed Norwegian author Erika Fatland (Sovietland) on her new book The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Lithuania, Foland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage, out now from Pegasus Books!
Imperial, communist, or autocratic, Russia has been — and remains — a towering and intimidating neighbor, whether to North Korea in the Far East or the former Soviet republics in Asia and the Caucasus, or countries on the Caspian Ocean and the Black Sea. What would it be like to traverse the entirety of the Russian periphery to examine its influence on those countries closest to its border?
An astute and brilliant combination of lyric travel writing and modern history, The Border is a book about Russia without its author ever entering Russia itself as Fatland gets to the heart of what it has meant to be the neighbor of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. As we follow Fatland on her journey, we experience the colorful, exciting, tragic and often unbelievable histories of these bordering nations along with their cultures, their people, their landscapes.
Sharply observed and wholly absorbing, The Border is a surprising new way to understand a broad part our world.
This event will take place as a Zoom webinar; please ask questions in the chat or send them in advance to email@example.com. Registration is required; please sign up at the link above. This conversation will be recorded and available later to stream on our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel.
“A hauntingly lyrical meditation to the contingencies of history. Ms. Fatland’s greatest gift, is listening…allowing the people she meets to reveal themselves in meticulously rendered dramatic monologues, capturing their tics, eccentricities, and detailed personal histories. Russianness gives way to humanity—but not a simplistic one” ―The Wall Street Journal
“An introduction to a deeply misunderstood part of the world…the complexity and beauty of this region are best represented when she goes back in time. Fatland has a level of access most outsiders would never have”—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Erika Fatland studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and is the author of two previous books in Norwegian, as well as Sovietistan. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband