Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica
Chapter 11: Victor and Dmitry
Victor had a handshake to crush the strongest adversary and a heart to melt the direst cynic. He learned English quickly and well enough to provide glue for the team, a group of resilient loners needing assurance they were not really alone; well enough to write rhyming poetry for every occasion; well enough, finally, to serve as interpreter for Soviet bureaucrats, mechanics, pilots, and scientists; well enough to make everyone who ever met him wish they could stay just a little longer and hear just a little more.
COOL STUFF FOR READERS
Video: short clip of Victor leading Jean-Louis’s birthday song in the tent (minute 9:19).
Recent Russian review of Think South, which includes large excerpts from Victor Boyarsky's diary/book about the expedition. Can be read through Google translate.
Website: State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic, in St. Petersburg.
Website: Dmitry Shparo’s Wikipedia biography.
Website: The Adventure Club, Dmitry Shparo’s tourism website.