New Historical Fiction Novel Expands On A Well-Known Travelogue

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Author Yury Vasiliev announces the release of ‘Over the Equator.’

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‘Over the Equator’ advocates freedom, principles of friendship, honesty and the fight against evil and injustice

In his new historical fiction novelOver the Equator: Pages from the Journal of Russian Trailblazer Philip Efremov” (published by Trafford Publishing), Yury Vasiliev explores the culture and beauty of east and south Africa through the eyes of a famous Russian traveler.

Philip Efremov, an intrepid Russian traveler from the eighteenth century, chronicled his nine-year wanderings in a handwritten journal titled “Nine-Year Pilgrimage and Adventure in Bukhara, Persia and India.” But a part of his journey is missing from the pages of his tome. These writings were recently discovered and included in this new book, “Over the Equator,” which details Efremov’s track along African continent.

An excerpt from “Over the Equator”:

“I just stuck out my head from the hatch, and behold, I saw both of our ship cannons moved to the port side and already on call, and all men were already on the same side, with all kinds of weapon in their hands: some with pistols, some with cutlasses, and some even with muskets. Feeling that something was going wrong, I jumped out to the deck, looked around, and saw that coming straight toward us was a strange ship without either flag or pennant. It looked like a big felucca sailing boat. And it carried a sail that was not white as usual but dark, looking nearly brown. Only then did I understand why I was ordered to take an ax. The only thing that I could not yet understand was whether we should attack them or whether they were going to board us with grappling hooks.”

Vasiliev hopes readers enjoy the combination of an adventure story with geographic descriptions and historical accuracy. “‘Over the Equator’ advocates freedom, principles of friendship, honesty and the fight against evil and injustice,” says Vasiliev. “It the first attempt to take real historical documents and made-up travel impressions, and merge them into the semi-fiction book.”

About the Author
Yury Vasiliev was born in Russia and earned a Ph.D. in history from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. He traveled extensively for 30 years and lived in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. Vasiliev and his wife, Marina, live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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