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Russian Gentleman

ISBN-10: 0192815733
ISBN-13: 9780192815736
Edition: 1982
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Description: At the center of this chronicle of Russian provincial life in the reign of Catherine the Great stands the patriarchal figure of the author's grandfather, Stepan Mikhailovich. A man of great natural dignity, imbued with respect for tradition and love  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

At the center of this chronicle of Russian provincial life in the reign of Catherine the Great stands the patriarchal figure of the author's grandfather, Stepan Mikhailovich. A man of great natural dignity, imbued with respect for tradition and love of the land, he is also despotic and virtually illiterate. Into the family comes his son's new wife, a spirited, intelligent girl from the town. Her eyes see a different world--one tainted by grossness, cruelty, and squalor--and she suffers from the hostility of jealous sisters-in-law and the shortcomings of a husband whom she loves but cannot respect. Her relationship with Stepan Mikhailovich is the heart of a story in which Aksakov celebrates the old feudal way of life without concealing its darker, repressive side.

Sergie Aksakov (1791 - 1859) too up writing seriously late in life, under the influence of his good friend Gogol. He was widely acknowledged as a master of Russian prose.

Edward Crankshaw (1909 - 1984) was a British writer, translator and commentator on Soviet affairs.Born in London, Crankshaw was educated in a non-conformist public school, Bishop's Stortford College in Hertfordshire. He began his career as a journalist at The Times, a position he only held for a few months. In the 1930s he lived in Vienna, Austria, teaching English and learning German (his competent grasp of German led him to become part of the British Intelligence service during World War II). On his return to England he went back to working for The Times and also began to write reviews-mostly musical-for The Spectator, The Bookman, and other periodicals. Crankshaw wrote around 40 books on Austrian and Russian subjects and after the war began his research in much more depth. Crankshaw's book on Nazi terror, Gestapo (1956), was widely read; in 1963 he began to produce more ambitious literary works, often on historical or monumental moments in Russian Political history.

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