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A family of Russian colonists settle and develop new extremities of Russia. Their journeyspans over two hundred years and takes them southward, close to the Black Sea. Eventually they cross the vast land and resettle in the untamed Russian Far East. Their involvement with the Far Eastern Railroad and the goldfields leads them to a new Russian City, Harbin, along the Sungari River in the Manchurian Hills of China. By 1920, like Shangri-La, Harbin provides sanctuary for countless refugees seeking freedom from the clutches of the Soviet regime who has taken over their homeland. Their reprieve is disturbed by a new invader from the Empire of the Rising Sun – Japan. Just as the agressors are rebuked, the evil claw again extends from beyond their homeland wooing them to return. Some of the remaining descendants flee once more, this time across the ocean to Australia. They were men and women with wills of steel, tempered by their long journey. This strength helped them to adapt and succeed in the Land Down Under. Alex Vassilieff vividly recounts the extraordinary journey of his ancestors. He not only provides a compelling account of survival against the odds, he also gives a personal insight into what it is like to be born a Russian, with all the complexities that entails.


An Epic Journey From Russia To Australia

REVIEWS “A fascinating and moving Australian immigrant saga set against the backdrop of ancient and modern Russian history.” — Archbishop Hilarion, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and NZ Russian Orthodox Church

“A triumph of a novel!” — Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia

“From Russia to China, around the world and back again – share the author’s well researched family story and how he came to call Australia home.” — John Morrow’s Pick of the Week Armidale

“Heartfelt greetings to the readers of: ‘Odysseya – An epic journey from Russia to Australia’. The tragic revolutionary events that overtook Imperial Russia in the 20th Century deprived Russia of millions of its countrymen. A large number, found themselves in the Far East and eventually many of them established a second homeland on the continent of Australia. Their faith, fortune, suffering and struggle for a worthwhile life should not be forgotten. Vassilieff’s book presents an important contribution in preserving the historical legacy of the Russian Diaspora.” — Maria Romanova, HIH The Grand Duchess of Russia, Head of the Russian Imperial House

“A captivating read, personifying a series of significant – historical broad ranging events – as lived through by the author and his family, spanning the 20th Century of Russia, China and Australia. A heritage left for the future generations in its intimate account of what it’s like to lose part of one’s family and homeland and finally reach Australian shores to ultimately call it home.” — Vladimir Kouzmin, Editor Unification (Russian Weekly National Newspaper)

“This was truly an Odyssey lived through by many but told by very few, which makes the book not only interesting but also valuable as a documentary.” — Dr Paul A Urtiew, ORUR Snr Scm (Chief Sct ret’d), San Francisco

“Finished your book yesterday (I’m a fast reader) you certainly put in a lot of work to get your information and a lot of effort. I liked the way you have given a brief history of all aspects of Russia before beginning your family story. It is a wonderful legacy for your children, grandchildren, as well as future generations. They will know their family history.” — Iia Sergie Special Needs Teacher and avid reader Sydney

“In this family memoir, anecdotes of hope and courage enliven the bleak backdrop of war and deprivation… the family’s belief in one another and their promising future, despite volatile political events and the necessity of starting over—again and again.” — Kirkus Discoveries New York

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Odysseya--an Epic Journey From Russia to Australia -- ISBN 9780646489018 PLEASE ADD IMAGE BELOW TO THE ABOVE BOOK

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ODYSSEYA – An Epic Journey From Russia To Australia ISBN 978 0 646 48901 8 By Alexander Vassilieff -- published -- 2008

From the Author

Odysseya: an Epic Journey from Russia to Australia ISBN 9780646489018 “A fascinating and moving Australian immigrant saga set against the backdrop of ancient and modern Russian history.”

From the Author

Odysseya an Epic Journey from Russia to Australia ISBN 9780646489018

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It is a biography of Historical value. “A fascinating and moving Australian immigrant saga set against the backdrop of ancient and modern Russian history.”

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