Recommended Readings

Travelling on the Transsiberian means having A LOT of time to kill and, since you can only play cards, enjoy the landscapes, eat and write your journal so much, you should definitely bring a couple of books with you.

Here is a list of recommended readings:

  • A fortune-teller told me – Tiziano Terzani

Warned by a Hong Kong fortune-teller not to risk flying for the entire year of 1993, Tiziano Terzani – an Italian foreign correspondent – accounts for his travels by rail, road and sea, across Asia.

  •  Il était une fois l’URSS – Dominique Lapierre

About the journey by car through the USSR by journalist Dominique Lapierre and his colleague photographer Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini and their respective wives across the Soviet Union. 

  •  On the Road – Jack Kerouac 

An undying classic, this is the account of a series of trips made by Kerouac and his Beat Generation friends across America in the years after the Second World War.

  • The travels – Marco Polo

Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, when he served the Kubilai Khan on many diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and wrote this account of his travels, which give a unique glimpse of the many societies he encountered.

  • The great railway bazaar – Paul Theroux

Theroux writes about his train adventures from London to Tokyo on the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, and then back from Japan across Russia on the Transsiberian railway. 

  •  The innocents abroad – Mark Twain

In 1867, Mark Twain toured with some friends around Europe and the Holy Land, aboard a retired Civil War ship known as “Quaker City.”

  •  Walden – Henry David Thoreau

The recount of Thoreau’s experience of his two years spent in a cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond.

  • Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

An incredible satire of Soviet life, written during the darkest period of Stalin’s regime. A must read.

  • Goodnight, Mister Lenin – Tiziano Terzani

Yes, Terzani, again! But you won’t be disappointed. This book his about Terzani’s travels across Russia during the collapse of the Soviet Union. An amazing account of that time and the transformations the country went through. 


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