This article explores a travelogue written by D.C. Boyd based on his trip to the Soviet Union in 1934 and published in the provincial newspaper he edited, the Waterford Standard. The work is based on Boyd’s journalistic output and archival and private sources made available to the author by Boyd’s surviving family and friends. Boyd’s work probes the realities of Soviet life in an open handed and balanced manner and as in the case of all the best travelogues tells as much about the society and culture Boyd was from as it does about the Soviet Union itself. The work explores the bigger political themes of the day and offers a very human glimpse of how these events play out in the lives of real people both within and outside of the Soviet Union, the audience he is writing for back home and the array of characters he journeys with, some seeking to denounce, some seeking to exalt and others, who simply wanted to see. For Boyd the journey was made more in hope than expectation but produced a beautifully crafted travelogue written with passion and a sense of adventure.
|Journal||Nordic Irish Studies Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|