A Taste of Dreams

Author(s): Vanora Bennett

Travel Narratives

Both a coming-of-age adventure of time spent in search of the romantic Russia the author had dreamed about, and a tale of eye-opening amazement as she discovers and gets caught up in the new, anarchic Russia emerging from its Soviet constraints. At its heart is the story of caviar: beluga, the rarest type of sturgeon harvested from the Caspian Sea, is now an endangered species, and no one knows how - or wants - to stop the plunder. People kill for it. Beautifully written, drawing on personal experience and intent observation, Vanora Bennett's critical and literary powers deliver a stunning read.


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'[A] darkly seductive tour through new Russia... As a political and social commentator Bennett is shrewd and humane, but she is equally accurate, heartfelt and knowing describing the tastes of caviar - full of promise and mystery; the taste of dreams' [Book of the Week] -- The Times (Play) 20030726 'Vanora Bennett has written an original and hypnotically readable book to celebrate her obsession with Russia and caviar' -- The Sunday Times 20030817 'The writing is both fresh and acutely observant... Enormously engaging... this is a charming read, a highly personal take on a disturbing subject' -- Spectator 20030906 'Bennett has a marvellous feel for language... the book is propelled by the sheer vigour - and often virtuosity - of the writing' -- Financial Times 20030830

Vanora Bennett writes for The Times of London, and has been a Moscow correspondent for Reuters and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Crying Wolf, The Return of War to Chechnya (Picador 1998).

General Fields

  • : 9780755300648
  • : hdline
  • : hdline
  • : August 2004
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Vanora Bennett
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 914.704
  • : 288
  • : Illustrations, maps