Berezina: From Moscow To Paris Following Napoleon's Epic Fail by Sylvain TessonBerezina: From Moscow To Paris Following Napoleon's Epic Fail by Sylvain Tesson

Berezina: From Moscow To Paris Following Napoleon's Epic Fail

bySylvain TessonTranslated byKatherine Gregor

Paperback | November 15, 2019

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Lire Magazine Best Travel BookTake four friends, put them on two Ural motorcycles (complete with sidecars), send them off on a 2,500-mile odyssey retracing history's most famous retreat, add what some might consider an excessive amount of Vodka, and you've got Sylvain Tesson's Berezina, a riotous and erudite book that combines travel, history, comradery, and adventure.The retreat of Napoleon's Grande Armee from Russia culminated, after a humiliating loss, with the crossing of the River Berezina, a word that henceforth became synonymous with unmitigated disaster for the French and national pride for the Russians. Two hundred years after this battle, Sylvain Tesson and his friends retrace Napoleon's retreat, along the way reflecting on the lessons of history, the meaning of defeat, and the realities of contemporary Europe. A great read for historybuffs and for anyone who has ever dreamed of an adventure that is out of the ordinary.
Sylvain Tesson has traveled the world by bicycle, train, horse, and motorcycle, and on foot. His bestselling accounts of his travels have won numerous prizes, including the Dolman Best Travel Book Award. Berezina is his first book to appear in English. Katherine Gregor translates from Italian, Russian and French. She is also a pla...
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Title:Berezina: From Moscow To Paris Following Napoleon's Epic FailFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:November 15, 2019Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1609455541

ISBN - 13:9781609455545

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Praise forBerezinaFrom beginning to end, the story of Berezina is enthralling, funny, and terrifying. At the same time, it is magnificently written." - RTL "For me, Berezina is Sylvain [Tesson]'s most important book." - Jean-Christophe Rufin, Le Figaro "Tesson's latest book is probably his best [ . . . ] his style, which has reached maturity, is up to capturing the horror of the period, full of blood and drama, but also of humor, alcohol (vodka only) . . . You feel that Tesson is in his element." - Liberation "