Travel writer Jeffrey Tayler at New Dominion Feb.11

New Dominion Bookshop will host a reading and book-signing

by Jeffrey Tayler

who will present selections from his book

Murderers in Mausoleums

Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between Moscow and Beijing

Wednesday, February 11 at 12:15 PM

Murderers in MausoleumsIn Murderers in Mausoleums, veteran travel writer and American expat Jeffrey Tayler travels across the largest landmass on earth, through lands once conquered by Genghis Khan and exploited by ruthless Communist regimes: the vast expanse separating Moscow and Beijing. Blending history, geography, and frank, unforgiving personal narrative, Murderers in Mausoleums takes readers over unfamiliar, dramatic terrain to examine the age-old cultures and political contradictions of a fractured region.

While media reports focus on developments in the two capitals, the ethnically and culturally diverse peoples inhabiting the places in between remain obscure, their daily lives and aspirations scarcely better known to us now than they were in Cold War days. Moving through these dangerous, conflict-ridden lands with a web of friends and strangers as his guides, Tayler paints a dynamic portrait of vodka-soaked hospitality and daredevil mountain driving, fierce national pride and violent loyalty, still finding wonder in a world he has so often traveled. He encounters, among many others, a dissident Cossack advocating mass beheadings, a Muslim in Kashgar calling on the United States to bomb Beijing, and Chinese youths in Urumqi desiring nothing more than sex, booze, and rock ’n’ roll—all while confronting over and over again the contradiction of people who value liberty and the free market yet idealize tyrants who oppose both.

From the steppes of southern Russia and the bloody Caucasus Mountains to the deserts of central Asia and northern China, Jeffrey Tayler shows us in MURDERERS IN MAUSOLEUMS that our maps have gone blank at the worst possible time, and introduces us to the people who live in the places in between.

“Tayler (Siberian Dawn) takes readers on an extraordinary adventure across the largest landmass on earth … [his] impressive ability to build instant rapport and cull local knowledge in a remarkably short span of time gives his journey steady momentum. Tayler conveys his encounters in prose that is as richly textured as the stories he gathers in some of the remotest places imaginable.” – Publishers Weekly

Jeffrey Tayler is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Harper’s Magazine, and National Geographic. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Facing the Congo, Angry Wind, and River of No Reprieve. When not traveling, he lives in Moscow with his wife.

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