The Man Who Loved Siberia with Roy Jacobsen & Anneliese Pitz
Tue 10 Oct 2023
7:00pm at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John St, Bath, BA1 2JL
Book + Ticket gives you a free ticket with a copy of the book, all tickets include 15% off any books purchased on the night, a glass of wine, author talk, Q&A and signing.
We are delighted to welcome husband-and-wife Roy Jacobsen and Anneliese Pitz to Mr B’s – all the way from Norway! – to discuss their new book, The Man Who Loved Siberia.
Roy, author of Mr B’s bestselling novels The Unseen and The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles, has long been a favourite of our booksellers. Now he teams up with Anneliese to bring us a riveting non-fiction work, looking at the extraordinary life of Fritz Dörries, whose early adventures in Siberia laid the foundation for our understanding of the region and its landscape.
About the Book:
Fritz Dörries set out on his first trip to Eastern Siberia in 1877, when there were still blank spaces on maps of the world. Travelling alone or with his brothers, he climbed mountains, traversed great rivers, explored remote islands and crossed treacherous lakes of ice, always with one purpose: to augment man’s knowledge of the natural world.
Bears, tigers, vipers, bandits, stormy seas, frostbite, ice chasms fathoms deep – every danger was faced head on and overcome. And yet he remained defenceless against the charms of the landscape, and the animals, birds and butterflies he found there.
Through his twenty-two years in Siberia, Dörries collected a wealth of essential material for scientific institutions, fundamental to our understanding of fauna and flora. This account of his adventures, set down for his daughters in his ninetieth year, and adapted for publication by Roy Jacobsen and Anneliese Pitz, is his second great legacy.
“A captivating and fascinating tale from The Wild East that Siberia once was. Pitz and Jacobsen bring Dörries’ strenuous adventures to life in beautiful prose. This book is a true gem that deserves many readers” – Erika Fatland