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AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME


English synopsis:

Clemens Forell, a German lieutenant, was captured during the war by the Russians and sentenced to twenty-five years hard labour. He was sent to a Siberian lead mine on the Bering Strait within fifty miles of Alaska where the 2000 prisoners lived underground, rarely seeing daylight. After three years "hope" had become a meaningless word to everyone but Forell. He decided to walk home. One other man and prisoner, a doctor, had had the same idea but had relinquished it because of a fatal illness. He made over his preparations to Forell. They included some dried bread, clothing of a sort, a few solid fuel tablets and a pistol. Thus equipped, Forell set out to cover about 8,000 miles - or to be killed by cold, starvation, wolves or the Russians. The story of the next three years would be incredible if Forell were not at present living in Germany (1958) to bear witness to what happened. He learnt how to make the Siberian wastes an ally instead of an enemy; he fell in with wandering tribes who taught him how to hunt, keep warm and live off the land. He roamed about for a long time with three escaped Russian criminals, and survived their attempt to murder him. He stole, contrived, he endured, and all the time was drifting southwards and westwards, until at last he crossed the Persian frontier and was safe. Apart from being a story of extraordinary adventure, awe-inspiring in its bare facts, this book is full of information about the remotest parts of the Soviet Union. Forell is himself no writer, and was at first too deeply scarred both mentally and physically to attempt a connected narrative. Herr Bauer has drawn his story from him, identified himself with it to a remarkable degree and has told it without false heroics, making it into a profoundly impressive book. (from the jacket of the American translation; Andre Deutsch, 1958)

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