The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters)

Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family’s murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other.

"Ingenious...Keeps readers guessing through the final pages." —USA Today
 

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User Review  - lissabeth21 - LibraryThing

An intricately detailed story of the last days of Russia's last Tsar and his doomed family. A straight forward example of great historical fiction that wasn't straight forward at all! This mystery ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rascalstar - LibraryThing

Facts mix with fiction in this story of the last days and weeks of the Romanov family, the last Tsar of Russia. He and his wife and 5 children were held captive in a house. Told from the point of view ... Read full review

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Robert Alexander has studied at Leningrad State University, worked for the U.S. government in the former U.S.S.R., and traveled extensively throughout Russia.

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