The Consolations of the Forest

The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga is a 2011 book by the French writer Sylvain Tesson. Its French title is Dans les forêts de Sibérie, which means "in the forests of Siberia". It recounts how Tesson lived isolated for six months, from February to July 2010, in a cabin in Siberia, on the northwestern shore of Lake Baikal. An English translation by Linda Coverdale was published in 2013.[1]

The Consolations of the Forest
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English hardcover edition
AuthorSylvain Tesson
Original titleDans les forêts de Sibérie
TranslatorLinda Coverdale
PublisherÉditions Gallimard
Publication date
1 September 2011
Published in English


The book was awarded the Prix Médicis essai.[2] It was the runner-up for the Prix Renaudot, losing to Emmanuel Carrère's Limonov.[3] The English translation received the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.[4]


The book is the basis for the 2016 film In the Forests of Siberia, directed by Safy Nebbou and starring Raphaël Personnaz.[5]


  1. ^ The consolations of the forest : alone in a cabin on the Siberian taiga. WorldCat. OCLC 832278746.
  2. ^ "Essais: Lauréats". Prix Médicis: Site officiel (in French). Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  3. ^ Aissaoui, Mohammed (2011-11-02). "Dans les coulisses du Goncourt". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  4. ^ "Sylvain Tesson Wins Dolman Best Travel Book of the Year Award". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Hopewell, John (2015-01-13). "France's Other Angle Acquires 'Forests,' 'DieuMerci,' West Coast,' 'Machin, Machine' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-08.

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