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Biography - Russian - General

Biography - Russian - General

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Childhood, Gorky, M
1 Gorky, M Childhood
Moscow Foreign Languages Publishing House Hard Cover Near Fine Good 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall 
Gold title and facsimile signature of Gorky on red leatherette boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean and unmarked. A near Fine copy. Dustjacket is complete with some wear to sides and creasing to back. Not dated but probably 1950's or earlier. Translated from the Russian by Margaret Wettlin and printed in the USSR. Portrait of author to frontispiece. Childhood is the first part of Maxim Gorky's autobiography written in 1913. Maxim Gorky was the pen name of Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov (1868-1936). **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Comrade Princess  -  Memoirs of an Aristocrat in Modern Russia, Meshcherskaya, Ekaterina
2 Meshcherskaya, Ekaterina Comrade Princess - Memoirs of an Aristocrat in Modern Russia
London Doubleday 1990 0385269102 / 9780385269100 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy apart from a neat inscription and date to front endpaper with a VG+ price clipped dustjacket. 228 pages. 18 illustrations. Princess Ekaterina Meshcherskaya was born in 1904, and lived the latter part of her life in Moscow in a tiny caretaker's apartment surrounded by relics and souvenirs of her family's past, the last of the Russian princesses living in Russia. Glasnost has enabled this remarkable woman to publish her story for the first time. She was only 13 years old when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, and unlike the vast majority of aristocrats who fled the country after the Revolution, she and her mother forged new lives in a society now resentful and hostile towards the privileged classes. Their world of servants, pedigree dogs, a Greek tutor, French and German governesses, vast estates, was lost at a stroke, leaving them alone and penniless. Yet Ekaterina and her mother, a musically talented and iron willed young woman, overcame the challenges, denounced and arrested constantly, and Ekaterina worked in countless jobs as seamstress, dancer, singing teacher, even wartime ditch digger, in order to survive. 
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Catherine The Great, Oldenbourg, Zoe
3 Oldenbourg, Zoe Catherine The Great
Geneva Heron Collectors Edition 1968 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold decoration and motifs with cream and gold diamond pattern motif to front board on green leatherette boards. Green and gold decorated endpapers. Historical appendix. Yellow page marker bound in. 26 illustrations. Uniform with Women Who Made History Series. 
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4 Roper, Robert Nabokov in America - On the Road to Lolita
New York Bloomsbury USA 2015 0802743633 / 9780802743633 First Hard Cover New New 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A new unread copy with new dustjacket. First Edition, First Printing. 354 pages. Illustrations in the text. Map endpapers. The author of the immortal Lolita nd Pale Fire, born to a distinguished Russian family, represents for many the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined - as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America to escape the Nazis, grew to think of his time there as the richest of his life. Here and his Jewish wife could live and breathe, here they raised a beloved son in safety and normalcy. Robert Roper fills out this period of Nabokov's life with charm and insight - covering Nabokov's friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Wellesley and Cornell, his long work at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But the book finds its narrative heart in the writer's many summer sojourns in the wilds of the American West. The Nabokovs covered more than two hundred thousand miles by car as Vladimir indulged his most overwhelming passion - not for literature but for butterfly hunting. The book is also a love letter to American literature, tracing Nabokov's broad and ingenious embrace of it. Steeped in Russian, British, French and classical literature, he read prolifically among American writers or years. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Catherine The Great  -  Love, Sex and Power, Rounding, Virginia
5 Rounding, Virginia Catherine The Great - Love, Sex and Power
London Hutchinson 2006 0091799929 / 9780091799922 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. 566 pages, 11 coloured portraits. An excellent biography of the Empress Catherine II, the Great of Russia, whose reign was the longest in Russian history and who built on the work begun by Peter the Great. Her succession of lovers was the subject of gossip throughout Europe, yet she was not even Russian by birth and had no legitimate claim to the Russian throne. Using many of Catherine's own words from her voluminous correspondence and other documents, contemporary accounts by courtiers, ambassadors and foreign visitors, the author presents a penetrating analysis of her character. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.92 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn  -  A Century in His Life, Thomas, D.M.
6 Thomas, D.M. Alexander Solzhenitsyn - A Century in His Life
London Little Brown 1998 0316643297 / 9780316643290 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy which has a small indentation to front board with VG+ complete dustjacket which has a matching indentation. An important literary biography of not just of the century's most influential writer, but also the history of Russia itself. Born into a world of revolution in 1918, Solzhenitsyn has lived a life which will serve as a reminder of the crimes committed in the name of Communism and like many other Red Army soldiers, found his bravery rewarded with arrest, in his case for derogatory comments against Stalin. A deeply moving and thought provoking biography of the Nobel Laureate by an esteemed novelist, poet and translator. 22 photographs PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.985 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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