There is a literal Russian landscape, and there is its emotional, literary counterpart. In Mud and Stars, Sara Wheeler sets out to explore both. With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides, she travels across eight time zones and follows nineteenth-century footsteps to make connections between then and now.
On the Trans-Siberian railway in winter she buys dried fish from babushki, and in summer she sails the Black Sea where dolphins leap in front of Abkhazian peaks. She gives voice to the ‘ordinary’ people of Russia, and discovers how the writers of the Golden Age continue to represent their country today.
As recommended in the Slightly Foxed podcast, Episode 8: Leaving that Place called Home.