Siberia's Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest, and largest freshwater lake in the world. In the summer of 1990, the illustrious Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Far Tortuga) visited Baikal and composed the journal that forms the heart of this book--accompanied by nature photographer Boyd Norton's striking color photographs, as well as excerpts on the history and biology of Baikal and translations of Buryat myths and folklore which celebrate the lake. Foreword by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. 9.5x8.75". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.