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Letters from Russia

By: Custine, Marquis de

014139451X / 9780141394510
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United Kingdom
20 cm 272 pages
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Translated from the French.

The Marquis de Custine's unique perspective on a vast, fascinating country in the grip of oppressive tyrannyIn 1839, encouraged by his friend Balzac, Custine set out to explore Russia.

His impressions turned into what is perhaps the greatest and most influential of all books about Russia under the Tsars.

Rich in anecdotes as much about the court of Tsar Nicholas as the streets of St Petersburg, Custine is as brilliant writing about the Kremlin as he is about the great northern landscapes. An immediate bestseller on publication, Custine's book is also a central book for any discussion of 19th century history, as - like de Tocqueville's Democracy in America - it dramatizes far broader questions about the nature of government and society.


1DVUA Russia, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, BJ Diaries, letters & journals, HBJD European history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, WTLC Classic travel writing

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