The Iron Scar: A Father and Son in Siberia

The Iron Scar: A Father and Son in Siberia by Bob Kunzinger with photos by Michael Kunzinger. Image shows a young forest along the tracks with a bright blue sky above

by Bob Kunzinger with photographs by Michael Kunzinger

ISBN: 978-1-948692-86-1 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-948692-87-8 ebook
April 21 2022


by Bob Kunzinger

with photographs by Michael Kunzinger

Front cover for: The Iron Scar: A Father and Son in Siberia BY BOB KUNZINGER WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL KUNZINGER

ISBN: 978-1-948692-86-1 paperback 19.95
ISBN: 978-1-948692-87-8 ebook 9.99
April 2022

The Iron Scar is both a literal journey by a father and son on the longest railway journey in the world, and a metaphoric pilgrimage of not just the author and his adult son, but all of us learning to let go on our way through life.

Author Bob Kunzinger silhouetted against the window in the dining car aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
Bob Kunzinger is the author of nine collections of essays, including A Third Place: Notes in Nature, and Penance: Walking with the Infant. He lives in Virginia.

Michael Kunzinger’s photography has appeared in publications such as KestrelBlue Planet Journal, and St Anthony Messenger, and has been in solo and group shows in Virginia, New York, and Galway, Ireland. His abstract work was featured for a solo exhibition at the renowned Quick Center for the Arts in New York, a finalist in an International Competition featured at The Louvre in Paris, and he is the author of the photo essay book, Across The Wild Land: A Photographic Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Blurb Books.

What people are saying about The Iron Scar:

The Iron Scar brought me on a journey that unexpectedly and artfully had me thinking about my own father and my sons throughout the book, as well as introducing me to the wild, warm, and colorful world of Siberia. Thank you for bringing me onboard with you and your son.

—Martin Sheen, actor and author of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

I wish every book I’ve read over the past two months had been as moving, gripping, and loaded with fascinating information. The journey becomes an emotional and thematic whole that transcends the standard “look what I saw” travel book. So many things stick with me: the royal blue station shacks, the birches with no tops, the meat and potato pastries, the smell of onions, the vodka, the wheel tapping, the once-in-hundred-year flooding, the vast vacancies of human presence, the moving village of the train, the Leningrad hero, the Leningrad ghosts . . . Just so much. Well done!

—Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato