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A novel, which brings together serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal the mysterious land...Russia.

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ISBN 9780099635208
Barcode 9780099635208
Published 1 May 1998 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Rutherfurd, Edward
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ISBN-13 9780099635208
ISBN-10 0099635208
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 May 1998
International Publication Date 4 June 1992
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Rutherfurd, Edward
Category Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 1024
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 45mm
Weight 531g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 70683

Description of this Book

In this vast and gorgeous tapestry of a novel, serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew are brought together in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal that most impenetrable and mysterious of lands...Russia. Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping family saga from the baffling contradictions of Russia's culture and her people - bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears. From Russia's dawn and the cruel Tartar invasions to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of 'War and Peace' to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today - here is Russia's story in a spellbinding novel...history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Impressive . . . Rutherfurd has indeed embraced all of Russia. <br>-The Washington Post Book World <br><br> RUSSKA SUCCEEDS WHERE [OTHER BOOKS] OF TRENDY SOVIET-WATCHING HAVE FAILED. . . . Rutherfurd can take his place among an elite cadre of chroniclers such as Harold Lamb, Maurice Hindus and Henri Troyat. <br>- San Francisco Chronicle <br><br> FAST-MOVING . . . Rutherfurd believes in adding color and adventure to facts that are exhaustively researched, making history palatable if not delicious. <br> -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel<br><br> SPRAWLING . . . Rutherfurd's close observation of Russia's religious and ethnic diversity gives this epic a distinctive flavor. <br>- Publishers Weekly <br><br> RUTHERFURD LITERALLY PERSONIFIES HISTORY. <br>-New York Daily News
UK Review Another vast panorama of history from the author of Sarum, this one even more ambitious in that it seeks to tell the story of Russia, from AD 180 to 1990 through the eyes of its ordinary people, specifically those of one village, set in the Russian heartland. (Kirkus UK)
US Review A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which tries - often quite successfully - to recreate the evolution of a mysterious and backward nation riddled with war, political confusion, and religious upheaval. Crammed with exhaustive and obviously well-researched historical, geographical, and cultural detail, this epic novel traces Russia's quest for freedom and identity from A.D. 180 to the present. The primary storyline that finally emerges depicts three rival families who have ties in the quintessential village of Russka: the Bobrovs, gentried noblemen who ultimately lose their precious land to the very serfs they once owned; the cunning Suvorins who amass great wealth as merchants and industrialists; and their distant relations the Romanovs, peasant farmers-cum-revolutionaries. Through the intricacies of marriage, accidents of birth, and other twists and turns of fate, the ancestors and descendants of these proud people move from one century to the next, turning up as warring Plans, barbarous Tatars, bloodthirsty Cossacks, and eventually the more familiar Socialists, Bolsheviks, and Marxists. Rutherfurd's immense canvas allows a fictional cast in the hundreds to populate the same world as Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, Voltaire, Pushkin, Lenin, Stalin, Shevchenko, Rasputin, etc., as they grapple with catastrophic events - such as ritual self-immolation, torture by knouting, cholera, and the pogroms. Despite the preponderance of names that repeat themselves from one generation to the next (the plot is littered with very old or very young Arinas and Maryushkas, for example) - a circumstance that may befuddle the casual reader - Rutherfurd's opus extraordinaire may captivate readers of the genre as well as serious history buffs. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. His first book, Sarum was based on the history of Salisbury. London, Russka and The Forest, all draw on finely researched details of social history. Edward Rutherford previously lived in London and New York City but has had a home in Dublin for more than twelve years. He has two children. Edward Rutherfurd is available for interview.

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