Chapter Thirteen
THE ARCHIPELAGO OF EXILE:
MAGADAN

“My friend left for Magadan… take off your hat…He left on his own…
Not in étapes… not because my friend was unlucky…just like that. ‘Sure,
there are camp sites everywhere… but they’re full of murderers…’. ‘No
more murderers than in Moscow’… Then he packs his suitcase—for
Magadan.”

Vladimir Vysotsky, “My Friend Left for Magadan”, 1965

In 1885 the American explorer and journalist George Kennan (18451924) travelled to Siberia to write a book about the exile system. It was not Kennan’s first time there. He had already spent two years on Kamchatka conducting survey work for the Russian-American Telegraph Company, and he had also travelled into the Caucasus. After returning to the United States from the Kamchatka journey he gave a series of lectures on Siberia and was criticized for taking too positive a view of the exile system. As a result, he left for Siberia again, spent two years travelling to different prisons and wrote his two-volume work Siberia and the Exile System, published in 1891 in London. The Russian government gave Kennan full access to the prisons, and unlike in his earlier reports, he painted a damning picture of conditions. It is a fascinating account and a fine descriptive record of the prison system in its day. At one point he describes travelling from Tomsk to Irkutsk when, noticing a horse in handcuffs, he laconically muses whether the tsar has taken to banishing horses. Handcuffing and banishing an errant nag beyond the Urals would be an unusual step but not a precedent in the bizarre history of exile. In 1591, when the regent, Boris Godunov, ordered the exile of the Uglich Bell for sounding the death of the young pretender to the throne Dmitry, he also ordered the cutting out of its “tongue” and a good flogging.

As it turned out, a peasant had lacked rope to tie his horse, decided to use a pair of handcuffs, and sometime later he lost the keys. Since then, the horse had stood around in handcuffs with nothing to do.

The history of Siberia and its exiles is as brutal and tragic as it is

-265-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Siberia: A Cultural History
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 297

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.