My Discovery of Siberia

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Here is a Siberia unheard of in the West. Once the most remote place of exile in all of Russia, Mowat describes it as a burgeoning land of opportunity and growth. Granted extraordinary freedom to visit places rarely seen by any westerner since 1917, Farley Mowat and his wife, Claire, travelled more than 29,000 miles over mountains, steppes, taiga and tundra to meet the people who have chosen to make Siberia their home and livelihood.

With his classic exuberance and wit, Mowat brings to life a place and a people who share the top of the world with us – their hopes and aspirations, their humour, and their dedication to the dramatic awakening of Sibir, the Sleeping land.

From the Hardcover edition.


“One of the most important documentaries on the Soviet Union to come out…since the Second World War…it contains many insights into Soviet society that the Western democracies could do well to heed.”
The Hamilton Spectator

“Thank God for Farley Mowat.”
The Toronto Star

Sibir is a rollicking, captivating book, bursting with Farley Mowat’s inexhaustible, vodka-fortified joie-de-vivre. It is an important work as well.”
The Victoria Times-Colonist

From the Hardcover edition.