Moscow and Muscovites

Moscow and Muscovites

by Vladimir Gilyarovsky

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Moscow and Muscovites by Vladimir Gilyarovsky

Vladimir Gilyarovsky's classic portrait of the Russian capital is one of Russians� most beloved books. Yet it has never before been translated into English. Until now!

Gilyarovsky's self-described "chronicle" is a spectactular verbal pastiche: conversation, from gutter gibberish to the drawing room; oratory, from illiterates to aristocrats; prose, from boilerplate to Tolstoy; poetry, from earthy humor to Pushkin.

First published in 1926, this work has been translated into English for the first time and it positively teems with rich descriptions and vivid anecdotes:

...from the depths of Moscow�s sewers to the murky back
rooms of its gambling dens...

...from the steam-filled halls of banyas to the dining rooms of posh restaurants and workers� taverns...

...from the lives of students and waiters to the struggles
of market traders and heroic firemen...

Gilyarovsky�s book documents pre-Soviet life in the Russian capital like no work before or since. This first-ever English translation includes dozens of historical photos, poems in the original Russian, an index, and maps.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148937258
Publisher: Russian Life Books
Publication date: 11/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Vladimir Alexeyevich Gilyarovsky (1853-1935) was an adventurer, raconteur, poet, actor, gourmand, and an indefatigable writer. He is widely acclaimed as "the grandfather of Russian journalism," and wrote hundreds of sketches, reports and expos�s. Moscow and Muscovites is considered his masterwork and a treasured classic among Russians, who know him best by the affectionate nickname, "Uncle Gilya." His chronicle of Moscow captured the great city in a literary chrysalis just as it was being ravaged by the Bolshevik Thermidor.

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