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  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141394510
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

Letters From Russia




In 1839, fascinated by the vast, mysterious land that was opening up to the West, the French aristocrat Marquis de Custine set out to explore Russia. This rich selection from his book, which became a bestseller on publication, offers a unique portrait of a country ruled by despotism and 'intoxicated with slavery'.

The Marquis de Custine's unique perspective on a vast, fascinating country in the grip of oppressive tyranny
In 1839, encouraged by his friend Balzac, Custine set out to explore Russia. His impressions turned into what is perhaps the greatest and most influential of all books about Russia under the Tsars.
Rich in anecdotes as much about the court of Tsar Nicholas as the streets of St Petersburg, Custine is as brilliant writing about the Kremlin as he is about the great northern landscapes. An immediate bestseller on publication, Custine's book is also a central book for any discussion of 19th century history, as - like de Tocqueville's Democracy in America - it dramatizes far broader questions about the nature of government and society.

  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141394510
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

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