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The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture (Paperback)

By Figes, Orlando

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The Europeans is a richly enthralling, panoramic cultural history of nineteenth-century Europe, told through the intertwined lives of three remarkable people: a great singer, Pauline Viardot, a great writer, Ivan Turgenev, and a great connoisseur, Pauline's husband Louis. Their p...assionate, ambitious lives were bound up with an astonishing array of writers, composers and painters all trying to make their way through the exciting, prosperous and genuinely pan-European culture that came about as a result of huge economic and technological change. This culture - through trains, telegraphs and printing - allowed artists of all kinds to exchange ideas and make a living, shuttling back and forth across the whole continent from the British Isles to Imperial Russia, as they exploited a new cosmopolitan age. The Europeans is Orlando Figes' masterpiece. Surprising, beautifully written, it describes huge changes through intimate details, little-known stories and through the lens of Turgenev and the Viardots' touching, strange love triangle. Events which we now see as central to European high culture are made completely fresh, allowing the reader to revel in the sheer precariousness with which the great salons, premieres and bestsellers came into existence.
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ISBN 9780141979434
Released NZ 9 Apr 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780141979434
Stock Available
Status Reprinting
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Released 9 Apr 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Figes, Orlando
Category History Of Art & Design Styles: C 1800 To C 1900
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
European History
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 576
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 940.28
Weight 417g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Europe - Intellectual life - 19th century
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade