Letters from Russia

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New York Review of Books, 2002 - History - 654 pages
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece of travel writing. Custine, who met with people in all walks of life, including the Czar himself, offers vivid descriptions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, of life at court and on the street, and of the impoverished Russian countryside. But together with a wealth of sharply delineated incident and detail, Custine's great work also presents an indelible picture--roundly denounced by both Czarist and Communist regimes--of a country crushed by despotism and "intoxicated with slavery."

Letters from Russia, here published in a new edition prepared by Anka Muhlstein, the author of the Goncourt Prize-winning biography of Custine, stands with Tocqueville's Democracy in America as a profound and passionate encounter with historical forces that are still very much at work in the world today.
 

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I was looking forward to reading this book about an early travelers impressions of Russia. However the author of the letters was a Frenchman who had a very superior attitude toward Russia and had ... Read full review

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i love me some russia. this un's 'sposed to be funny too. in that 19th century way. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
16
Section 4
27
Section 5
46
Section 6
53
Section 7
72
Section 8
79
Section 20
332
Section 21
351
Section 22
388
Section 23
401
Section 24
420
Section 25
433
Section 26
439
Section 27
453

Section 9
92
Section 10
103
Section 11
119
Section 12
140
Section 13
179
Section 14
192
Section 15
212
Section 16
229
Section 17
258
Section 18
268
Section 19
296
Section 28
463
Section 29
496
Section 30
510
Section 31
531
Section 32
545
Section 33
568
Section 34
583
Section 35
605
Section 36
625
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About the author (2002)

Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. She settled in New York in 1974 where she began her career as a writer in French. She was awarded the Goncourt Prize in 1996 for her biography of Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy.

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