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Apples are from Kazakhstan : the land that disappeared

Author: Christopher Robbins
Publisher: Ashland, OH : Atlas Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan -- a blank in Westerners' collective geography -- turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur. Christopher Robbins enjoyed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Nonfiction
Named Person: Christopher Robbins; Christopher Robbins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Robbins
ISBN: 9780977743384 0977743381
OCLC Number: 192101916
Notes: Previously published under the title In search of Kazakhstan (London : Profile Books, 2007).
Description: vi, 296 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm
Contents: Apples are from Kazakhstan --
My neighbor, Trotsky --
National treasures --
City of the plain and the vanishing sea --
The explorer, the Beatle and new money --
Love and death in old Semipalatinsk --
Pickled tomatoes from the Gulag --
The howling of wolves.
Other Titles: In search of Kazakhstan
Responsibility: Christopher Robbins.

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Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan -- a blank in Westerners' collective geography -- turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur. Christopher Robbins enjoyed access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue. He finds Eminem-worship by a shrinking Aral Sea, hears the Kazakh John Lennon play in a dusty desert town, joins nomads hunting eagles, eats boiled sheep's head (a delicacy), and explores some of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth.

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