Ville Ropponen (b. 1977) is a freelance journalist, critic, and writer. His articles have appeared in more than 40 Finnish newspapers and magazines. Ropponen is especially well versed in Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as ethnic minorities. Natalia Deviatkina (b. 1976) is a master of philosophy, translator, and journalist. She has traveled extensively in Russia and knows the different cultures of the former Soviet Union well.
The new Crimean Peninsula travel guide from Savukeidas is a solid package. … This professionally-written guide is an especially good fit for budget travelers interested in politics because it includes a comprehensive information packet on the political history of the Crimea as well as tips about inexpensive sights, restaurants, and inns.
-– Mondo travel magazine
A detailed mixture of old and new—adventure travel and tourism come face to face since smaller cities, local customs, nature, and ecological issues are dealt with, not just Yalta and Sevastopol. The third main section of the book, “Perspectives on Crimean Reality,” is a pleasant surprise.
-– Erkki Kanerva, Turun Sanomat newspaper
The Crimean Peninsula (Krimin niemimaa) is more than one expects from a travel guide. It is first and foremost a travel book, but also a broad Crimea-related information packet. Following the Crimean peninsula guide, the series will include Moldova (autumn 2010), Sarajevo (2011), East Berlin (2011), Rio & Sao Paolo (2012), Belarus (2012), and Albania (2012).
The edge of Europe, a sun-filled land of easy living, the Crimean Peninsula is Europe in miniature. In this crossroads of cultures, over the centuries numerous different peoples and cultures have intermingled. Simferopol, Sevastopol and the pearl of Crimea, Yalta, a miraculous city of beach boulevards and fireworks, have captivated Europeans century after century.
The journalist team of Ropponen and Deviatkina, who specialize in Russia and Eastern Europe, sink their teeth into the modern realities of the Crimea, without forgetting history. In addition to the usual fare of trip tips familiar from travel guides, this book includes interviews from Crimean politicians and cultural movers and shakers. Crimean society, culture, history, and the relationship between Russia and Ukraine are all subjected to penetrating analysis.
Savukeidas’ travel guides are information packets about places where normal tourists do not stray, about real backpackers’ dreams. They reflect their subjects’ culture, society, and literature with a journalistic/essayistic approach, without forgetting the practical information for your journey.
Original name: Krimin niemimaa
Publisher: Savukeidas 2010
Softcover 120 x 185 mm
Includes b/w maps
Cover design: Ville Hytönen
Cover photos: Ropponen & Deviatkina