Three Roads to Urga (circa 1920s)
About the Project
Three Roads to Urga is a description of travel, people and nature in Outer Mongolia. Based on historical events described in the text, Three Roads was likely written in the late 1920s. The author is unidentified, but possibly a Swedish entrepreneur named Georg Soderbom who accompanied many scientific expeditions to Central Asia. The text is plain and rough in places, but a thoroughly enjoyable read. Although his humorous descriptions of the backward conditions and people of Mongolia may seem uncomplimentary at times, it is also apparent that he held an abiding respect and affection for the country and its culture.