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By Roger Took

Russian Lapland, a quarter of fantastic contrasts. right here lies the final real desert of Europe, a wealthy and pristine environment teeming with fowl and animal existence. yet the following too lie the darkish, satanic generators of the previous Soviet Union and the rotting remnants of nuclear submarines. Running with Reindeer is the 1st account in over a century to explain lifestyles during this harsh yet attractive land. residing between distant reindeer-herding and looking households, Roger Took spends a decade following the lives and traditions of the indigenous Lapps, or Saami. He meets pioneering villagers descended from medieval Novgorod fur-traders who're now studying to deal with the recent economic system, and the lads and girls initially pressured north to mine Russian Lapland's superb mineral wealth yet are actually unemployed and stranded. fending off the nonetheless vigilant defense companies, he explores the naval bases the place nuclear-powered submarines are mendacity dangerously overlooked. His encounters with the land and its population are dramatic and comical in addition to emotionally hectic and bodily risky. relocating among the strains of the reputable histories, dealing with onerous Arctic stipulations, he writes compellingly, supplying a shiny account of a special a part of Europe.

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