EuroSibEnergo publishes a book by Jules Verne titled "Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar" as part of the Kind Light Library project

As part of the Kind Light Library social project, JSC EuroSibEnergo has published a new book: a novel by Jules Verne titled "Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar".


The novel invites young readers to follow an incredible journey from Moscow to Irkutsk with a noble mission of saving the motherland. A cleverly crafted plot draws the readers into a world which features a curious combination of science and fantasy, mystery and strict logic, true historical facts and fiction.

This novel is the only "literary journey" of the French author across Russia. The author acquaints the reading public with Siberia, a remote region which had received little coverage in Western literature and was therefore little known to Western readers. As he constructs the plot of the novel, Jules Verne renames the people of Central Asia "Tatars", while military action is depicted as a rebellion of Feofar Khan with Siberia as its setting. But the journey to the capital of Eastern Siberia covering more than three thousand miles becomes a compelling story about the geography, flora and fauna of Siberia, the everyday life of its people, an interesting description of Siberian towns, villages and even tiny hamlets along the Siberian Route.

The text is accompanied by a unique set of explanatory notes on the historical and literary background of the novel and on local history by Natalya Gavrilova, Candidate of Sciences in history, associate professor at Irkutsk National Research Technical University and senior researcher at the Irkutsk Municipal History Museum.

The novel has been published by the VostSibkniga publishing house in partnership with the Irkutsk regional branch of the Russian Children's Fund. Copies of the book will be sent to municipal libraries and orphanages in all operating regions of JSC EuroSibEnergo.



Sergey Levchenko, Governor of the Irkutsk Region: "You have done a tremendous amount of work. And now our readers will have an opportunity to read the full text of the novel. This book tells a compelling story about the geography, flora and fauna of Siberia and the everyday life of its people and provides an interesting description of Siberian towns. Jules Verne not only discovers an "unknown" Siberia but also portrays the grandeur of Russia and the moral courage of Russian people."

Vyacheslav Solomin, CEO of JSC EuroSibEnergo: "The Kind Light Library is a special social project run by EuroSibEnergo. Books that we publish and donate to libraries and orphanages instill a sense of pride and respect for the motherland in young readers, promoting love, patriotism and the best moral qualities. This is how we see the future generation of Russian people, and we seek to contribute to fostering the right values."

Oleg Prichko, CEO of PJSC Irkutskenergo: "As the Kind Light library continues to develop and expand, it acquaints children and teenagers with the amazing world of literature, the world of fine Russian and foreign authors and their best works. I am convinced that the fascinating world of adventure created by Jules Verne will be appealing to all young readers without exception."

Olga Arbatskaya, CEO of LLC VostSibkniga: "The edition of the novel "Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar" produced as part of the Kind Light library, with illustrations by Darya Chaltykyan, a well-known artist from Moscow, differs considerably from all previous editions, first and foremost in that it is unabridged, as the translation into Russian has been made based on the full text of the first French edition, without any cuts."


Press service of OJSC EuroSibEnergo

December 10, 2015
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