Preface xi 1. A Finger on a Map 1 Przemysl-Medyka 2. The Ant Trail 11 Medyka-Shehyni 3. The Love Story of Inge and Bohdan 21 Munich, 1959 4. The Love Story of SC-108 and SD-214 33 Lviv 5. In the Middle of Whatever 55 Dilove-Rakhiv 6. Dr. Stumpp Celebrates a Sad Christmas 77 Berdychiv, 1941 7. Scrape Your Strings Darker 91 Chernivtsi 8. The Miracle of Kalynivka 105 Vinnytsia-Kalynivka 9. At Rabbi Nachman's Grave 121 Uman 10. Philip and the Thief 149 Kiev 11. A German Village 191 Odessa-Dobroolexandrivka 12. Revenge of the Scythians 211 Simferopol-Sevastopol-Bakhchisaray 13. A Handful of Acorns 241 Kherson-Zaporizhia 14. The Love Story of Kovyl and Tipchak 249 Donetsk-Novoazovsk 15. Friendship of Peoples Street 283 Milove Acknowledgements 293
Jens Muhling was the editor of a German newspaper in Moscow for two years, and has been working for the Berlin newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, since 2005. His features and essays on Eastern Europe have won him several awards. He is the author of A Journey into Russia (2014) and Troubled Water: A Journey Around the Black Sea (2021).
PRAISES FOR A JOURNEY INTO RUSSIA; 'There is a shock of discovery and a shot of pleasure on every page.' The Times; 'A compelling story of an author's journey into deepest Siberia in a quest to meet a woman determined to remain cut off from the outside world' Sunday Telegraph; 'A Journey Into Russia [...] takes Jens Muhling into Russia's riven terrain from Kiev and Moscow to St Petersburg and Siberia and on towards the people of the Steppes, unveiling individual tales of people surviving against the odds.' The Scotsman; '[Muhling] meets a bewildering variety of "old believers" in a broader sense, from members of the sectarian Orthodox Church..., through stubbornly Leninist former Soviet citizens, to newly minted Slavonic pagans. They all want to tell Muhling their life stories which, in his empathetic retelling, provide glimpses into other lives that are vivid and frequently moving.'TLS