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Letters from Russia
     

Letters from Russia

by Astolphe De Custine, Anka Muhlstein, Astolphe Custine
 

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ISBN-10: 0940322811

ISBN-13: 9780940322813

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: New York Review Books

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940322813
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
NYRB Classics Series
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
947,629
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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