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The White Birch

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472155665

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‘A beautiful and profound meditation on the way landscape shapes art and life. I was entranced by The White Birch, a book that comes close to encapsulating the vast enigma of Russia in the form of a single tree’ Alex Preston, author of Winchelsea and As Kingfishers Catch Fire

The birch. Genus Betula. One of the northern hemisphere’s most widespread and easily recognisable trees, and Russia’s unofficial national emblem.

From Catherine the Great’s garden follies and Tolstoy’s favourite chair to the Chernobyl exclusion zone and drunken nights in Moscow, art critic Tom Jeffreys leads us across Russia’s diverse land to understand its dramatically shifting identity. As we walk through lost landscapes, discover historic artworks, explore the secret online world of Russian brides, and relive encounters between some of Russia’s greatest artists and writers, we uncover a myriad of overlapping meanings surrounding the humble birch tree.

Curious, resonant and idiosyncratic, The White Birch is a unique collection of journeys that grapples with the riddle of Russianness.

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