This is such a great book - wonderfully evocative of a lost Siberia and its peoples. Dursu is a magical character, and much of the interest in the book centres on him, but there is much else to enjoy. The only reason I've given it 4 rather than 5 stars is that it would have been nice to have a little more detail on the relationship between this text and the original books from which it was extracted (although others may feel differently, and will simply enjoy the text we have). Well done to the publisher for making this available again.
And I'd add my voice to those saying that if you enjoy this book, then watch Kurasawa's brilliant (and, like Durso himself, faithful) film.