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Author Blainey, Geoffrey, 1930-

Title Geoffrey Blainey's across a red world
Published [Melbourne] : Macmillan of Australia, 1968

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 ADPML SPC  915.04 Bla/Aar  LIB USE ONLY
Description 215 pages : map ; 21 cm
Summary Relatively few people have travelled by train from the South China Sea to the North Sea. The Americans are not permitted on the long Chinese section of the railway, Chinese are now virtually excluded from the Russian section, few Russians travel to the Polish and East German sections, and people from other countries have no reason for travelling this way at all, unless like this author, they are simply inquisitve. Geoffery Blainey spent a month travelling this route and his book is an unusual blend of description, personal encounter and commentary on the red world and all its variety. The reader can almost taste the dust blowing along the main street of a Chinese town in the desert, almost see the antics of the mountainous Siberian woman who shared the journey for three days, almost hear the whispers of the black-marketeers in a Moscow attic. Across A Red World offers a window on the political and physical barriers of Asia and Europe, for the train cuts through them all. It crosses the ancient barriers - the Yangtze, the Great Wall of China and the Gobi Desert - crawls through the bamboo curtain now dividing China from the Russian Sphere. It crosses the Siberian plain, the Ural Mountains, the Berlin Wall and the iron curtain on the North German plain. At the same time the author cuts through these barriers by his remarkable ability to communicate with his fellow passengers. -- Cover
Notes Also issued online
Subject Railroad travel -- China.
Railroad travel -- Soviet Union.
China -- Description and travel -- 1949-
China -- Description and travel.
USSR -- Description and travel -- 1945-
USSR -- Description and travel.
LC no. 68022963
ISBN .50 Aust
Other Titles Across a red world
Across a red world