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The acclaimed author of Sovietistan travels along the seemingly endless Russian border and reveals the deep and pervasive influence it has had across half the globe.

The acclaimed author of Sovietistan travels along the seemingly endless Russian border and reveals the deep and pervasive influence it has had across half the globe.

Imperial, communist, or autocratic, Russia has been (and remains) a towering and intimidating neighbor—whether it is North Korea in the Far East through the former Soviet republics in Asia and the Caucasus, or countries on the Caspian Ocean and the Black Sea. What would it be like to traverse the entirety of the Russian periphery to examine its effects on those closest to her?

An astute and brilliant combination of lyric travel writing and modern history, The Border is a book about Russia without its author ever entering Russia itself. Erika Fatland gets to the heart of what it has meant to be the neighbor of that mighty, expanding empire throughout history. As we follow her on her journey, we experience the colorful, exciting, tragic, and often unbelievable histories of these bordering nations along with their cultures, people, and landscapes.

Sharply observed and wholly absorbing, The Border is a surprising new way to understand a broad part of our world.

About the Author & Moderator

  • Erika-Fatland-web-©Tine_Poppe

    Erika Fatland

    Erika Fatland studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo.

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    Erika Fatland

    Erika Fatland studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo.

    She is the author of two previous books in Norwegian, The Village of Angels and The Year Without Summer, which describes the year that followed the massacre on Utøya. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband. Her new book The Border is also available from Pegasus Books.

  • Scott Radnitz

    Dr. Scott Radnitz

    Scott Radnitz is the Herbert J. Ellison Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

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    Scott Radnitz

    Dr. Scott Radnitz

    Scott Radnitz is the Herbert J. Ellison Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

    He does research on post-Soviet politics with an emphasis on Central Asia and the Caucasus, specializing in topics such as authoritarianism, identity, and informal politics. He is the author of Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region and co-editor of the forthcoming Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns, both with Oxford University Press. Professor Radnitz is an associate editor of Communist and Post-Communist Studies and a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security (PONARS) in Eurasia.