The Iron Scar

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
essays
July 2022

The Iron Scar is both a literal journey by a father and son on the longest railway 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. Excerpts of the book in various forms previously appeared in:

The Maine Review/Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art/A View from This Wilderness/Blue Planet Journal/Warfare Journal/Ilanot Review/Connotation Press/Olive Press/Foliate Oak Journal/World War Two History Magazine/Columbia Journal/Southern Humanities Review/Nowhere Magazine/Litterateur Magazine/Wanderlust Journal/Out of Nowhere: Scenes from St. Petersburg/Silver Birch Press/Foreign Literary Journal/Meanwhile in Leningrad/Adirondack Literary Review

The Iron Scar: A Father and Son in Siberia combines all previous writings as well as unpublished work and presents it as a narrative memoir. It is about Siberia, about fathers and sons, about moving on, and letting go.

Author Bob Kunzinger silhouetted against the window in the dining car aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
Bob Kunzinger in the dining car east of Irkutsk

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 in the passageway of the train

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.