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  • We can bike through the Mongolian steppe.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The saga itself is in a species of English, one would think it was written by Dryden in mock imitation of Spenser if one did not know the awful truth: those nights and days and twenty years on the frigid Dakota steppe, dreaming of ancient Norway, scratching away while the wild wind out of Saskatchewan howls through the bending wheat: "Oh thou great leader, HARALD, how great is thy grief!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He could not, any more than a man who has been looking at a tuft of steppe grass through the mist and taking it for a tree can again take it for a tree after he has once recognized it to be a tuft of grass.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The party had landed on the border of a region that is, even to this day, less known to the inhabitants of the States than the deserts of Arabia, or the steppes of Tartary.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • The people lived on the steppes, by a river, in feltcovered tents.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • Vassenka was extremely delighted with the left horse, a horse of the Don Steppes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Rivers, hills, valleys, buttes, steppes, glaciers, swamps, mountains, prairies, chasms, seas, islands, people.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The low shrub oak plateau to which the opposite shore arose stretched away toward the prairies of the West and the steppes of Tartary, affording ample room for all the roving families of men.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Bare white snow stretched to the horizon, to the left, to the right, and not a single tree could be seen on the whole expanse of steppe.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • To make her part the winds over the Mongolian steppes, soar over Antarctica, and weather the storms of Terra Nova.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn

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  • He gave him a pair of gloves lined with rabbit fur, a hat worthy of the steppes, and an overcoat with a plush collar, tried and proven in the icy winters of Bavaria.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Why is the steppe barren?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Henceforth the memory of Leon was the centre of her boredom; it burnt there more brightly than the fire travellers have left on the snow of a Russian steppe.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Persian mythology is rooted in the common Indo-European system that wa, carried out of the Aral-Caspian steppes into India and Iran, as well as into Europe.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • During an unnamed battle after a siege of a forgotten tower city on the Russian steppes, he pulled her back into the shattered room where they had made love, and he whiSpered, "I want to stay with you."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Somewhere in the recumbent solitudes, the motionless but teeming millions of books, lost in two dozen turns right, three dozen turns left, down aisles, through doors, toward dead ends, locked doors, half-empty shelves, somewhere in the literary soot of Dickens’s London, or Dostoevsky’s Moscow or the steppes beyond, somewhere in the vellumed dust of atlas or Geographic, sneezes pent but set like traps, the boys crouched, stood, lay sweating a cool and constant brine.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • They lived in colder climates—on steppes, snowy plateaus, that sort of place.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Thousands upon thousands were being killed at sea and on the steppes of Russia.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • These vaqueros were the most superb horsemen Madeline had ever seen, and she had seen the Cossacks and Tatars of the Russian steppes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Russia, with its fields, steppes, villages, and towns, bleached lime-white by the sun, flew past them wrapped in hot clouds of dust.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • So straight on through the night, flat out through quarter-moon dark as in the steppes of the far Dakotas, wolf country, and the road was smooth and fast.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • He regarded the great sweep-like steppes, like moors, like deserts (all of which were imaginary to him); but more than it was like any likeness, it was South.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Olmsted’s plans alone would make the exposition unique, with lagoons, canals, and great lawns all set against the cobalt-blue steppe of Lake Michigan.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • It was a tableland, resembling more the Russian steppes than the other upland districts known in the West.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Of those that do reach the earth’s surface, two-thirds, I suppose, nip into the sea, and the other third sinks into forests or skids across savannahs and steppes.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Next day about the third hour, out of the pass through which, skirting the base of Mount Gilead, they had journeyed since leaving Ramoth, the party came upon the barren steppe east of the sacred river.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • They resemble the steppes of Tartary more than any other known portion of Christendom; being, in fact, a vast country, incapable of sustaining a dense population, in the absence of the two great necessaries already named.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Far to the south of the frozen steppes, in the civilized lands where men had more time for leisure activities and contemplation and every action wasn’t determined by sheer necessity, wizards and would-be wizards were less rare.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • He counted time forward, he looked into the future, and all was beautiful—long days, long hunts, long rides, service to his friend, freedom on the wild steppes, blue-white dawns upon the eastern crags, red-gold sunsets over the lilac mountains of the desert.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • How green the cedared foreground-how gray and barren the downward slope—how wonderful the painted steppes!
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • We find him outside, standing by the taxi and looking through factory smoke at the low mountains that run across the steppe.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • THE desert was neither flat nor monotonous; nor was it like so many other deserts - the Gobi, the Steppes, or certain parts of the Sahara - featureless and devoid of colour.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • He was, in fact, as he called himself, a real wolf of the Steppes, a strange, wild, shy—very shy—being from another world than mine.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Or just the Kazakh Steppes.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • "Genghis Khan," he said, "lone wolves on dusky steppes, snow and schnapps, whips and knouts, Schlusselburg prison and Holy Orthodoxy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I see the steppes of Asia, I see the tumuli of Mongolia, I see the tents of Kalmucks and Baskirs, I see the nomadic tribes with herds of oxen and cows, I see the table-lands notch’d with ravines, I see the jungles and deserts, I see the camel, the wild steed, the bustard, the fat-tail’d sheep, the antelope, and the burrowing wolf I see the highlands of Abyssinia, I see flocks of goats feeding, and see the fig-tree, tamarind, date, And see fields of teff-wheat and places of verdure andů
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At the end of almost every street you could see the steppe, gloomy under the dark sky, all the vastness of the war, the vastness of the revolution.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • A wolf of the Steppes that had lost its way and strayed into the towns and the life of the herd, a more striking image could not be found for his shy loneliness, his savagery, his restlessness, his homesickness, his homelessness.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Their cattle and horses grazed in herds on the steppe.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • So these are the steppes of Asia!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They were called steppe peasants.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Near the southern end of this strange steppe was a belt of glistening white sand dunes, many miles wide, impassable for a horse, and extremely perilous for a man.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • He was driving somewhere in the steppes, where he had been stationed long ago, and a peasant was driving him in a cart with a pair of horses, through snow and sleet.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The steppe was barren and windswept, with a dry wind in the summer and a freezing one in winter.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Nothing could ever grow in that steppe, less than nothing behind four bathers of barbed wire.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • They would still have to cross the steppe, get to the camp, and line up there to be searched.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • For him it was no new conviction that his presence in any part of the world, from Africa to the steppes of Muscovy alike, was enough to dumfound people and impel them to insane self-oblivion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I will try again someday, detouring to the east to find a crossing point, but from the telltale signs of phoenix across the chasm and the pall of smoke along the northeastern horizon, I suspect I will find only the chalma-fi!led canyons and steppes of flame forest that are roughed in on the orbital survey map I carry.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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