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HIDDEN SIBERIA | Print Edition
Translator: Joanna Dobson
Hidden Siberia Magazine is now available in English in print!
The almanac features the most expressive articles and photography projects providing the real vision of Siberia. “Enthusiast’s Highway”, “Three Hundredth of a Person”, “Peregudov the Wolf Hunter”, “Window on Siberia” help gain a deeper insight into actual life as lived by real people.
Translation was made by British translator, writer and cross-cultural communicator Joanna Dobson.
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THE KALOSHIN PARADOX | PDF
Photograph: Vladimir Reshetnikov
Kaloshin's entire property consists of a house, a dog and eighty thousand books, although, strictly speaking, the books do not belong to him but to the library, and the situation with the house is not that simple either. It holds a large public reading room and an endless labyrinth of book shelves, which just leaves...the dog.
The pickings are slim but the Altai librarian does not seem too bothered by his financial situation. Ten years ago when Leonid Kaloshin first began creating a library there was enough room in the house for him and the books but eventually he ended up sacrificing the bedroom. Then Leonid Kaloshin build an extension, a small room (2.40 to 2.40) in place of a porch, in which he placed a couch and a personal bookcase.
'UKHA' (FISH SOUP) IN THE SIBERIAN FOREST | PDF
Photograph: Zakir Umarov
Expressed in grandiose fashion 'ukha' is a triumph, a culinary diamond in the dazzling crown of high Russian cuisine. You could say that 'ukha' (Russian fish soup), for all the tales, proverbs and sayings that have been dedicated to it, is a legendary dish.
In old, pre-Petrine times, ukha referred to any thick, clear bouillon, including those cooked from meat. A.K. Tolstoy's "Silver Prince" immediately comes to mind: "They served various broths and three kinds of ukha: white chicken, black chicken and saffron chicken." Now, however, ukha is only made from fish. The word today may have no other connotations, but it does command almost reverential respect. And understandably so, as ukha represents a significant part of our national heritage. Only in Russia do they really know how to cook ukha.
RETURNING TO RUSSIA | PDF
Photograph: Oleg Nekhaev
A Tribute to the Legendary Siberian Author Valentin Rasputin (1937–2015), 2008
Valentin Rasputin is the only classic Siberian author still with us and yet we hardly ever hear his voice. I travelled to Irkutsk to meet him and to learn the reason for his reclusion, for in the seventeen years that have passed since the appearance of his novel “Fire” only the occasional short story has reminded us of his existence. But there was something else I wanted to talk to him about too, something more important...
A COOL PLACE | PDF
Photograph: Roman Golubenko
A quick glance at a map is enough to understand that Siberia is a land of great rivers and lakes. And the people who assimilated these harsh spaces settled mainly along the banks of the rivers where there were practically no roads to speak off. And the rivers were blessed with, and continue to be blessed with an abundance of fish.
Siberia does not just have a lot of fish, it has a huge quantity of fish in all kinds of varieties: black (pike, burbot, carp, dace), red (sturgeon, sterlet), and white (nelma, omul, broad whitefish, muksun, grayling, and togunok).
WHEN WILL MOSCOW GROW INTO SIBERIA? | PDF
Photograph: Victor Savin
Tobolsk, a town on the right bank of the Irtysh River near its confluence with the Tobol River... Seat of the Tobolsk Governate... Founded by the Cossack leader Danil Chulkov in 1587, moved to its present site in 1610... Boston, capital of Massachusetts (N. America)... Founded in 1630... Vladivostock, military port and fortress, Primorsky Region, near the Amur Bay, Pacific Ocean... Founded in 1860... San Francisco, main city of California, at the north end of San Francisco Peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and S.-F Bay... S.-Francisco was developed after the discovery in 1848 of Californian gold deposits...
Abridged Encyclopedic Dictionary, Brockhaus and Efron (1890-1907).
THE SOLITARY VOICE OF MAN | PDF
Photograph: Oleg Nekhaev
I happened to meet with hermits on various occasions during my travels, people who had chosen to live in the wilds of the Siberian taiga. These recluse had travelled voluntarily to the middle of nowhere, leaving their own world behind, sacrificing the benefits of the modern civilized world. Why?
I must have read two dozen works by renowned psychologists on the problem of loneliness but failed to find an answer to the question. The scientists' conclusions just did not mesh with what I had seen in real life. Many researchers describe loneliness as an illness, a reflection of our inner flaws. Others take a slightly more patronizing stance describing loneliness as a condition in which the individual is incapable of adapting to life. They agree on one thing however: it is an affliction.