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By Edward Rutherfurd

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Format: Paperback, 1024 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 June 1992
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 peoples - 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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Panoramic, sweeping, monumental, haunting: a story of four families which spans the centuries of Russia.

About the Author

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.


"It is a series of ingeniously linked short novels, with a great deal of history painlessly delievered ... a very good read indeed" * The Times * "Even textured, with just the right amount of spice, it is the literary equivalent of hot cakes" * Sunday Telegraph * "Rewarding reading ... an engrossing story. The novel manages to capture and convey the vastness of Mother Russia, her story and her potential" * Boston Sunday Herald * "What's impressive about Russka is Edward Rutherfurd's audacity - and his erudition" * Washington Post * "Impressive . . . Rutherfurd has indeed embraced all of Russia" * The Washington Post *

EAN: 9780099635208
ISBN: 0099635208
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 4.5 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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angelita on
I usually love Edward Rutherfurd's books, but this one was little harder to read than the others.

I had real trouble with the Russian names and in some ways it hindered my experience of reading what was a great story.

Again, in usual Rutherfurd style, you follow through the various generations loosley based on historial facts.

Most certainly a book that you need to read again to enjoy it all.

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