A Journey into Russia's Haunted Hinterland
The Kolyma region was the prime site of the Soviet Gulag, a wintry hell of permafrost and gold mines, where tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners died of exhaustion and hunger in 1932-54. Who lives in there now, and how, and why? Jacek Hugo-Bader travels along the Kolyma highway, aka the road of bones, or the world's longest graveyard, to find out.
Born in 1957, Jacek Hugo-Bader is a Polish journalist for the leading daily paper, Gazeta Wyborcza. An unconventional traveller, he has biked across Central Asia, the Gobi Desert, China and Tibet, and has kayaked across Lake Baikal. His journey by jeep from Moscow to Vladivostok in the winter of 2007 is described in his last book, White Fever.
Antonia Lloyd-Jones' translations include work by Jacek Hugo-Bader, Artur Domoslawski, and Jacek Dehnel. She won the Found in Translation Award 2008 for her translation of Pawel Huelle's The Last Supper, and again in 2013 for having seven translations published in a single year. She is a mentor for the British Centre for Literary Translation's mentorship programme.