Author(s): Fatland, Erika, Dickson, Kari,
Date of Publication: 15/10/2020,
Pagination: 624 pages, 2 x 16pp colour plate sections,
Imprint: MacLehose Press,
Published By: Quercus Publishing,
Book Classification: Poland, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Travel writing
Erika Fatland travels along the seemingly endless Russian border - from North Korea in the Far East through Russia's bordering states in Asia and the Caucasus, crossing the Caspian Ocean and the Black Sea along the way.
The Border is a book about Russia and Russian history without its author ever entering Russia itself; a book about being the neighbour of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. It is a chronicle of the colourful, exciting, tragic and often unbelievable histories of these bordering nations, their cultures, their people, their landscapes.
Through her last three documentary books - one about terrorism in Beslan, one about the 2011 terror attacks in Norway and one about post-Soviet Central Asia - social anthropologist Erika Fatland has established herself as a sharp observer and an outstanding interviewer at the forefront of Nordic non-fiction.