When people hear the term Siberia, they usually think of a wasteland destination for Russia's criminals, scapegoats, and political prisoners. What is forgotten is that this huge expanse of land is rich in life both animal and human, that the latter has existed her for millenia and have created their own cultures, languagues, and lifestyles. This fiction book tells the story of some of these natives, as described by a Russian author with personal experience of this region. The book does a good job in describing how people everyday interact with nature and with each other. One of the best scenes in the book describes the experience of living through a snowstorm. For those familiar with American literature, this book closely resembles the writings of Jack London, naturalism with an emphasis on human - nature coexistence. I recommend this book as a good way to learn about a part of the world most of us will never see.