To those wanting a well written odyssey book in English--
Read "Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia" by Aleksander
He was 16 in 1939 when he was taken captive by Soviet soldiers on the
southeast border of Poland. After time in Czortkow prisons, he was
taken to Russia, first to prisons and then to work in Gulag labor
camps until he was released under the "amnesty". He worked for a
while near Kirov in Northern Russia, then boarded a TransSiberian
train and travelled hither and yon until he found Anders's army in
Kermine (Navoi) in Uzbekhistan.
Topolski tells what happened to him and to so many Poles coping with
hunger, sickness and fear in the Soviet Union during the Second World
War. Other Sybiraki have praised "Without Vodka" as being true to
life, saying their experiences were similar.
The book was published first in Canada in 2000 by McArthur & Company
(ISBN: 1-55278-121-6) and then in the USA in 2001 by Steerforth Press
(ISBN: 158642-012-7). It has been well reviewed in English language
daily papers and periodicals (as well as Polish) and is available in
North American bookstores and worldwide online (eg from Amazon.com,
or Chapters) as well as in many libraries.
You can see the reviews, excerpts, photos, drawings, index of names
and places, etc. on his website www.withoutvodka.com. This has
links to other sites carrying reviews and further excerpts
from "Without Vodka."
If you have trouble reaching his site, go to the search engine Google
and look under Aleksander Topolski, or under Without Vodka.