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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 (Hardback)

By Figes, Orlando

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The Europeans is both a highly original, panoramic account of how in the 19th century huge aesthetic, economic, technological and legal changes created, for the first time, a genuinely pan-European culture - and an intimate story of a great singer, Pauline Viardot, a great writer..., Ivan Turgenev, and a great connoisseur, Pauline's husband Louis. Their passionate, ambitious lives caught up an astonishing array of writers, composers and painters all trying to navigate through an ever more prosperous, demanding and international culture. This culture--through trains, telegraphs and printing--allowed artists of all kinds to create a precarious but real living, shuttling back and forth, from the British Isles to Imperial Russia. The Europeans is Orlando Figes' masterpiece. Surprising, beautifully written, it describes huge events 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, premiers and bestsellers came into existence.
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ISBN 9780241004890
Released NZ 19 Sep 2019
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241004890
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 19 Sep 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 39mm
Dewey Code 940.28
Weight 1,029g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Europe - Intellectual life - 19th century
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade