Akira Kurasawa was inspired by this book to make his Oscar-winning movie Dersu Uzala, (), George Lukas was inspired by the syntax Arseniev puts in. All about Dersu Uzala. The Books. English, German and others editions · Russian editions · The Dersu and Arsenyev. Dersu – photos · Arsenyev – life. Dersu Uzala (Дерсу Узала) is a nonfiction book written by Vladimir Arsenyev, a Russian officer sent on a series of exploration missions in the Siberian Far East.

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Arseniev describes three explorations in the Ussurian taiga along the Sea of Japan above Vladivostok, beginning with his first encounter of the solitary aboriginal hunter named Dersu, a member of the Gold tribe, who thereafter becomes his guide. Each expedition is beset with hardship and danger: But the bridges across language, race and culture also have limitations, and the incursion of civilization exacts its toll. Dersu the Trapper is at once a witnessing of Russia’s last frontier and a poignant memoir of rare cross-cultural understanding.

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Back Tent Life in Siberia: Arseniev gook a hero’s welcome when he returned to Moscow from the Far East inhaving mapped the unknown corner of Siberia just above what is now North Korea and just east of Manchuria.

He could not have done this work alone, Arseniev protested, and the real hero was an indigene who befriended his party. Arseniev then wrote a remarkable memoir devoted to the Goldi trapper, Dersu, who saved his and his men’s lives on more than one occasion while showing them the ways of the deep forest. An action-filled memoir of exploration and natural history, Arseniev’s record of friendship with Dersu is one of the finest works of amateur ethnography.

It is also the basis for Akira Kurosawa ‘s prize-winning film Dersu Uzala. Arseniev, a Russian geographer, ethnographer and geologist who surveyed the Taiga, the vast forest region of eastern Siberia, on three separate occasions between andknew the real Dersu Azala for some 19 months.

The Dersu that appears here, is actually a composite character, combining the real Dersu with myths about the primitive lifestyle and heroic deeds of “noble savages” in the manner of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. All three expeditions described in this memoir entailed life-threatening danger from blizzards, rainstorms, lack of food, wild animals or hostile natives? In a stock ending to the meeting of civilized and savage, Arseniev persuaded Dersu to come with him, but his friend could not adapt to restrictions of life indoors, preferring the rigors of is old nomadic existence to the spurious comforts of city life.

Burdened by an awkward, outdated translation, this somewhat repetitive memoir still sustains interest as it recounts the adventures of two exceptional friends. Film buffs will also recognize it as the basis for Kurosawa’s Oscar-winning movie, Dersu Azala.

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Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Vladimir Klavdievich Arseniev undertook twelve major scientific expeditions between and in the Siberian Far East, and authored some sixty works from the geographical, geological, botanical, and ethnographic data he amassed.


Among these, Dersu the Trapper has earned a privileged place in Russian literature. In this Russian counterpart to The Journals of Lewis and Clark and the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, Arseniev combines the precise observations of a naturalist with an exciting narrative of real-life adventure. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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A fascinating glimpse of the Russian Far East. Dersu the Trapper was an amazing man. I strongly suggest watching the video too, to uzaal a fuller grasp of his life. It is an outstanding documentary, Anyone reading this should also read Vaillient’s book “The Tiger” which provides more updated view of that region. Instead of western Europeans encountering Native Americans, there are eastern Europeans and Chinese encountering people of Mongolian descent usala other races.

The two books in combination are amazing. Dersu himself is a charming fellow and wiser than anyone around him, made even more interesting uaala the respect and affection shown by the Russians he is guiding. Aseniev’s descriptions of the flora and fauna he encounters are delightful and he tells of the hardships of his journeys in a sometimes matter-of-fact dersj, even when they are life-threatening.

He loses his composure rarely, as is proper uaala a good expedition leader. There are also some sad passages about the terribly abused native peoples that Arseniev passes in his wilderness treks, shocking until you remember that all native peoples around the world have had the same cruel existence at the hands of invading “civilized” groups. In this particular uzaal, they are usually Chinese trappers and merchants, as the border is very close, rather than Russians.

I started to watch the film based on this book derssu full movie, “Dersu Uzala”, is on Youtubebut the English captions are difficult to follow while still watching the film.

I’ll get back to it, though, as it’s highly recommended. The Kurosawa version of can be seen here: The photo on the cover was taken on location during the filming of the Kurosawa version. I don’t vook I would get nearly as much out of the film if I hadn’t read the book, first, because this is a time and place that’s very obscure to Westerners – and even some Russians.

An authentic and very enjoyable account of the adventure of two friends, in a beautifully and unexplored wild region. Arseniev is rersu government geographer, derzu leader of a survey expedition, who takes time to detail his observations of the landscapes, animals and birds of the Taiga.


Dersu is a man from the past, one uuzala the dwindling native Nanai people, with a unique perception of life. He has the ability and preference to live in the wilds, without any modern convenience. He represents lost knowledge and a gentler way of living.

He exists in harmony with the natural world, with a dignity and respect for all living things – something often lacking in modern people. This a beautifully story about the never ending battle between good and evil. The age-old contest between the sophisticated man, the city dweller and the free and unspoiled man of the wilds.

It has been told many times. Unfortunately, since this is a Russian Novel evil wins and the good man, Dersu, dies. Arseniev obviously recognized Dersu as the noblest of all men and desired to protect him from the dangers of a modern society in vain.

One often hears about an attempt “to find just one good man”. Arseniev did find that man but civilization destroyed him as it seems to have done since the beginning of time.

Dersu the Trapper by Vladimir Arsenyev

This tale is truly dersuu masterpiece. This reader was enthralled by the seemingly effortless but beautifully descriptive imagery of Arseniev’s accounts of his, and Dersu’s, journeys through the wilderness. It broke my heart to learn of Dersu’s death.

Life must move on. No wonder Kurosawa chose to make a movie about this absolutely beautiful story. Now I know that I must see the Kurosawa movie. The photograph on the front cover is perfect for this story.

I recommend this book for all readers. I borrowed a copy of this book and read it many years ago and while I don’t remember it in detail at this moment and I have just started to read it again I remembered enjoying it so much that I wanted a copy of my own.

I have great admiration for those who master one, or a group of skills, to such a degree that they seem magical to the rest of us. This is the story of such a person. I have been a tracker for many years and was lucky enough to have been a man-tracker student of the Texas Ranger, Ab Taylor, so my admiration for the story of someone who has taken that to a level that is simply elegant, may be hard for some to relate to.

Even so, it is a good read about the “Wild, Wild East” that you never realized existed. I am a fairly successful big game hunter and can relate to what it takes to develop the many outdoor skills that Dersu, or anyone that lives closer to the earth than we do, had to hone to survive. Yesterday, it was very good for me to be able to tell that a mountain lion was ahead of me and tracking the same bull elk that I was.

It completely changed the game pun intended. If this type of material is of interest to you, please don’t forget to read “Ishi, in two worlds” also. One person found this helpful. Before writing this short recommendation, I checked what other reviewers had already contributed, to see if there was anything I could possibly add. And no, my fellow 4 stars and up reviewers said it all. DaLaoHu’s review appealed to me the most, because I think Kurosawa’s film Dersu Uzala has meant as much for himas for me.