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After the Romanovs: Russian exiles in Paris between the wars

After the Romanovs: Russian exiles in Paris between the wars (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Rappaport, Helen

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters comes the story of the Russian aristocrats, artists, and intellectuals who sought freedom and refuge in the City of Light. Paris has always been a city of cultural excellence, fine wine and food, and the latest fas...hions. But it has also been a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution - never more so than before and after the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. For years, Russian aristocrats had enjoyed all that Belle Epoque Paris had to offer, spending lavishly when they visited. It was a place of artistic experimentation, such as Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. But the brutality of the Bolshevik takeover forced Russians of all types to flee their homeland, sometimes leaving with only the clothes on their backs. Arriving in Paris, former princes could be seen driving taxicabs, while their wives who could sew worked for the fashion houses, their unique Russian style serving as inspiration for designers such as Coco Chanel. Talented intellectuals, artists, poets, philosophers, and writers struggled in exile, eking out a living at menial jobs. Some, like Bunin, Chagall, and Stravinsky, encountered great success in the same Paris that welcomed Americans such as Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Political activists sought to overthrow the Bolshevik regime from afar, while double agents plotted espionage and assassination from both sides. Others became trapped in a cycle of poverty and their all-consuming homesickness for Russia, the homeland they had been forced to abandon. This is their story. Praise for The Romanov Sisters- 'The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters' thoughtfulness and intelligence. Readers will be swept up in the author's leisurely yet informative narrative as she sheds new light on the lives of the four daughters.' -Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for The Race to Save the Romanovs- 'Excellent ... Helen Rappaport, one of today's leading experts on the last Romanovs, has dug deeply in archives around the world and uncovered a wealth of new information that is certain to make The Race to Save the Romanovs the definitive work on the subject ... thanks to her excellent book, she has put to rest the fallacy that any one person could have saved the last Romanovs, either from the Bolsheviks or from themselves.' -Douglas Smith, The Los Angeles Review of Books Praise for The Last Days of the Romanovs- 'British historian Rappaport combines detailed scholarship with an engaging narrative style ... The book's most gripping sections describe the days and hours leading up to and including the family's execution. Rappaport spares few details ... Solid political and social history, related with the vigour of a true-crime thriller.' -Publishers Weekly
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ISBN 9781922585349
Published NZ 29 Mar 2022
Publisher Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781922585349
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Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Published 29 Mar 2022
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Rappaport, Helen
Category European History
Social & Cultural History
Immigration & Emigration
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 458g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
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