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This was supposed to be something about rail travel related presents you could get for other people. But then I thought, it is you, the reader, that is interested in rail travel. I assume, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this, right? Right?
And I saw you selflessly getting other people other stuff. To reward yourself, here are a few rail travel ideas.
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
Good if you are planning something in 2020. Must-have if you aren't leaving your cell in 2020.
Europe by Rail is written by the women behind hidden europe magazine. There may be the odd CIA veteran who has seen more of Europe, but he isn't allowed to write about it.
This book combines consummate rail travel knowledge with gripping travel writing.
Worth reading even if you stay at home.
by Venedikt Erofeev
My favourite book of all time. I read it in German and later in Russian. This is the English edition.
The Russian holy fool in Soviet reality. Man gets on train and gets drunk. This is what goes on in his head. Riotous and terrifying. A slow train journey beyond the edge of human consciousness.
My German readers: Look out for Die Reise nach Petuschki translated by Natascha Spitz.
by Graham Greene
Thriller set on the Orient Express. Known as Stamboul Train in the rest of the English speaking world.
Greene travelled from Oostende to Cologne on the Orient Express to get a feel for the train.
Orient Express captures the excitement of long European train journeys and the suspense of border checks.
Based on the graphic novel by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromir 99. DIrected by Tomáš Luňák.
Set in Czechoslovakia at the twilight of Communism. A dispatcher at a small Czech station, Bílý Potok, starts having nightmares and flashbacks of what went on at Bílý Potok during and after WW2.
A black and white cartoon for grown-ups (in Czech!), bleak and eerie, bursting with searing images such as Nazi steam trains in winter landscapes.
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