Jeremy Poolman’s talk about his latest book – The Road of Bones – is an adventure travelogue into the heart of Russia. In the Guardian’s My Travels series, Jeremy tells of his experiences travelling through Russia. BBC TV News presenter Juliette Foster introduces Jeremy, inviting you to listen to the anecdotes he collected on an epic journey along of Russia’s greatest road.
Talk description: Jeremy’s latest book The Road of Bones – A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia is a travelogue of his journey along the Vladimirka Road which starts in Moscow’s Red Square and ends in Siberia. Jeremy was inspired to find out more about the road because his friend’s great grand parents were sent to a Russian Gulag. He also saw a painting entitled Vladimirka Road by Isaak Levitan at the National Gallery in London and determined to travel along the road himself
For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre ofRussia’s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to the rise of Putin and his oil-rich oligarchy. Tsars, wars, famine and wealth: all have crossed and travelled this road, but no-one has ever told its story.