Russian Blood Alex Shoumatoff

ISBN: 9780987806529

Published: August 11th 1990

Paperback

400 pages


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Russian Blood  by  Alex Shoumatoff

Russian Blood by Alex Shoumatoff
August 11th 1990 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 400 pages | ISBN: 9780987806529 | 9.50 Mb

In the early l980s, Alex Shoumatoff became curious about his roots. Both his grandmothers were in their 90s, and with a sense of urgency he collected their stories and reminiscences about their life as White Russian aristocrats, which wasMoreIn the early l980s, Alex Shoumatoff became curious about his roots. Both his grandmothers were in their 90s, and with a sense of urgency he collected their stories and reminiscences about their life as White Russian aristocrats, which was unceremoniously put an end to by the Bolshevik Revolution- how they got out and made new lives in America.

The narrative he went on to assemble, which compares favorably with Nabokov, one critic wrote, brings to life the langorous Turgenevian existence on an estate in Little Russia, of an exceptionally erudite and cultivated family of artists and natural scientists in the final years of the doomed tsarist empire- the failed attempt of Kerenskys provisional government to convert the absolute monarchy to a constitutional one- the l912 expedition to Tibet of his great-uncle, a celebrated lepidopterist, who was looking for new species of alpine papilios- the early years of Igor Sikorskys fledgling emigre aircraft company on Long Island- the death of FDR, while sitting for a portrait by his grandmother in Warm Springs, Georgia- the escape from the Gulag of his great-aunt- and a host of other poignant events and marvelous characters.



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