Dersu the Trapper. V. K. Arsen’ev, Author, V. K. Arseniev, Author, Malcolm Burr, Translator McPherson $ (p) ISBN Dersu the Trapper has ratings and 71 reviews. Algernon said: Get out your man card and start punching: go on an expedition to the wildest Siberi. Eighty years ago, in , the eminent Russian explorer V. K. Arseniev published a memoir called Dersu the Trapper. It has been beloved of.

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Arseniev never spares himself – arguing or disagreeing with Dersu about weather or which route to take – is the ultimate stupidity although he, Arseniev, never does quite come to understand fully the needs and depths of Dersu the man. View all 3 comments.

The Obama Presidency Web 2. There was a revolution inand then the one that “shook the world” in Originally published inthis English translation is reprinted in its entirety now for the first time. They formed a strong and lasting friendship rooted in Dersu’s profound humanity and generosity, trwpper Arseniev’s deep love and affection for Dersu.

See the other authors section. Dersu saved Arseniev’s life many times. Lauren Bacall, – He is a survivor who chuckles at Arsenyev when he fails to spot a broken branch on the trail: An awesome bromance set in the late s of South East Russia.

Dersu the Trapper

Nov 03, John rated it really liked it. The front panel remains pretty much intact, however, and this remains a very presentable copy of an important book, in the scarce jacket. Book ratings by Goodreads.

He openly discusses the ways that the native way of life is superior to his ‘cultured’ background. No library descriptions found. When Arsenyev met the trapper Uzala he hired him as a guide for his journeys.


Dersu the Trapper by Arseniev, V K

He is an exceptional marksman with a rifle but his real talent is to read the language of trees and the tracks of the animals, the patterns of the clouds and the winds. The Russian explorer Arsenyev started his expeditions to the forests of the Far East in the area of Ussuri in A ‘Gold’ one of the vanishing tribes he has lived out of doors as a hunter, the majority of his life.

Check and double Check!!! The reports into the landscapes and many numerous native and migrated peoples of the Ussurian Taiga are truly degsu crossing many languages, races and cultures.

Vladimir Klavdiyevich Arsenyev Russian: He can look at a track that would mean nothing to you and me, tell you an entire story about the animal, its age, health, mood, intent Old, small of stature and poorly dressed, he is more at home in the wilderness that any of his Russian employers. During our meal I threw a bit of meat into the fire.

There were this tree and that tree and that other kind of tree and dedsu leaves. Inand again in andV. This book is a chronicling of the Ussuri Tiaga in east Russia of a surveyor for the railroad. This book has been described as the Russian counterpart to [The Journals of Lewis and Clark], presumptuous, yet a helpful quick analogy for Trapler. Dersu the Trapper is at once a witnessing of Russia’s last frontier and a poignant memoir of rare cross-cultural understanding.

Jakujin Aug 24, I found this book fascinating on many levels, and much richer and deeper than the Kurosawa movie which I enjoyed when I saw it some years ago. Wouldn’t that make a great discussion group and a great dersj list?


He was a man of action, as when he more than once saved Arseniev’s life, including building a shelter from reeds when a blizzard was coming in highlighted int versu movieand a man of philosophy he humanized all the animals, calling them “men,” and he talked to them, and he also believed in not killing more animals than one needs for food and leaving supplies for the next person to use a hut.

More by luck than judgement I read this alon I want to note the unobtrusive personality of the Russian officer, who tells us about the Gold he so admires and not about himself. Russia’s North Asian Colonyand that proved interesting. Originally published inthis English translation is reprinted in its entirety now for the first time.

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However, maybe most of the threats to their survival came from men. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Arseniev is always even-handed and is careful to describe the helpful and kind Chinese folk he met too. Open Preview See a Problem? We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. None of this Hollywood Aragorn-patting-grass-where-hobbits-made-love: This is an extraordinary book.

Dersu had lived in the area for all his life, hunting and trapping, especially following an outbreak of smallpox that had killed his family. Arseniev and his party of soldiers and hunters were almost immediately lost in the high Sikhote Alin Mountains.