Speaking atTravels Through Russia
Sara Wheeler's Mud and Stars is a wonderfully original book about contemporary Russia as seen on journeys in search of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, Chekhov, Gogol and Turgenev. There is a literal Russian landscape, and there is its emotional, literary counterpart - award-winning writer Sara Wheeler sets out to explore both.
At a time of deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, Wheeler searches for a Russia not in the news – a Russia of humanity and daily struggles. She gives voice to the ‘ordinary’ people of Russia, and discovers how the writers of the Golden Age continue to represent their country today.