Thomson, Peter

Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal

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Sacred Sea is a work of nonfiction. That is, other than those sections in which something is clearly imagined, everything in this book actually happened. In fact, even some of the imagined parts actually happened, such as the underwater encounter with the Baikal seal, which is based on an actual encounter with a seal in the Pacific Ocean off California's Catalina Island.

This book is also a work of journalism. Quotes and dialogue are taken from recorded interviews, notes, or, very rarely, clear recollections. Assertions of fact are based on personal observation or research drawing from a wide array of sources, all of which are listed at the back of the book. And with the exception of my ex-wife and a very few other peripheral characters, the names and details of all people the reader will encounter are real.

Author's Note Prologue: Blagopoluchnoe Part One: The Sacred Sea 1. A Flash of Blue Light 2. Songs and Whispers 3. The Earth Splits, Water Rushes In 4. Into the Lake-Shallow 5. Into the Lake-Deep 6. Buryatia, in Black & White and Color 7. On the Trail with Pod Boy and Monkey Mind 8. Bad Roads are Good for Baikal 9. Traveling and Staying Home Part Two: 180@ 10. The Long Way Home 11. The Great Circle 12. Zigzag to Russia 13. Power in the East 14. Across the Sleeping Land 15. Angels & Ghosts in Irkutsk Part Three: Baikal, Too, Must Work 16. One of the Best Enterprises in Russia 17. Righteousness, Uncertainty and the Point of No Return 18. Connecting the Dots 19. Dr. Hope and Dr. Despair 20. Blind Love is a Dangerous Thing 21. 360 Epilogue: The Great Baikal Chain Acknowledgments Illustration Credits Source Notes and Further Reading

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Keywords: nonfiction, Baikal seal, Pacific Ocean, journalism

Oxford University Press
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