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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Shvibzik on May 31, 2005, 07:10:53 PM

Title: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on May 31, 2005, 07:10:53 PM
Okay.

I forget where I saw this, possibly here, and I was wondering if anyone knew if this was actually about Anastasia's life, or about Anna Anderson.  I found some place that said this:

"Here is the fully documented autobiography of the Grand-Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the last Tsar of all the Russias, the only survivor when he and his family were shot by the Bolsheviks in July 1918. In 1928 Anastasia was invited to the United States where a limited company was formed to establish her identity. Further quarrels among its promoters and vaious would-be patrons led to her being forced into a mental home and eventually back to Germany. However, she was declared sane, and her story reveals a sincerity and courage worthy of the royal upbringing which she claims."

If so, is this book even any good?
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Lanie on May 31, 2005, 07:47:44 PM
It's about Anna Anderson, written by some German fellow.  I saw it once in a library and skimmed it, and laughed a lot.  So get it perhaps for the amusement value. :)
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on May 31, 2005, 07:55:52 PM
lol! That figures. ::)

Well, if I'll get some laughs from it, perhaps I will still get it.  Sometimes something that is supposed to be realistic and serious but turns out humorous is refreshing.  I saw one listed and it said it's author was THE Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna. :D  

Too bad OTMAA didn't live long enough to write autobiographies or memoirs. :(
 
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: ferngully on June 01, 2005, 05:02:40 AM
well you believe that she was anastasia, then its a good book ;)
selina              xxxxxxxxxx
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: aya-anya on June 01, 2005, 11:38:06 AM
Hi!

I happened to get the book, only recently from online book store!

I guess the first page of the book is interesting, "Why has God punished me so hard? I often think of this, wondering what ill I can have done. Of course I was often naughty as a child, but surely not vicious."  All the sentences of this book might sound like Anna Anderson's lively voice.  

aya-anya
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 01, 2005, 12:16:41 PM
When you finish is, tell me if it is any good, because I don't know if I even want to get it now... :-/
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Elizabeth on June 02, 2005, 03:48:17 PM
Wasn't there another "autobiography" out there at one time (not by Anna Anderson), from another one of the "claimants."  It was actually written by the woman, but she was proved to be false (I think Life or Look Magazine had a story on her back in the 1950s or 1960s, and the discovered AFTER the article was published that it wasn't REALLY AN - duh!).

Can't remember the name of the book, but I saw it, again, at the local library a few years ago. >:(
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Lanie on June 02, 2005, 03:59:29 PM
Elisabeth--are you talking about Eugenia Smith?
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Elizabeth on June 02, 2005, 04:01:52 PM
Yes, that's her!  Thanks, Lanie!

I wonder what ever happened to her?  I would assume she died a number of years ago, but after she was "found out," no one was interested in her again!   ;)
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Lanie on June 02, 2005, 05:07:24 PM
I think she died in the 1990s... there's some thread about her in the Claimants board.  Laura Mabee typed out the article from LIFE for us, it's quite amusing!!
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 02, 2005, 05:14:52 PM
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I think she died in the 1990s... there's some thread about her in the Claimants board.  Laura Mabee typed out the article from LIFE for us, it's quite amusing!!


Well, arn't most claimant's stories amusing? ;) (No offense to those who are, I just don't believe any of the IF survived.)
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Lanie on June 02, 2005, 05:33:47 PM
They most certainly are, Shvybz! ;)  I don't see how ANYONE, no matter how romantic their inclinations are, could believe someone survived all that.  Oh well.  This is why I try to stay away from all the claimant threads since they annoy me.  ???
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 02, 2005, 05:48:38 PM
Well, I like to read them when I'm bored.  Except on most there are quite a few arguements. :-/
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: grandduchess_sofia on June 03, 2005, 12:10:06 PM
I read a tongue in cheek one once, that was funny. Then all the "serious" claimants got a bit tetchy :D
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 04, 2005, 09:20:40 AM
It sounds funny. ;D :D
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: grandduchess_sofia on June 06, 2005, 12:53:53 PM
it was!!!  :) i don't know if its still there but it is worth a look!
Also even if anyone did survive they'd be dead now anyway.  
sopsxx :)
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Suzanne on June 06, 2005, 10:07:52 PM
There is some useful stuff in "I, Anastasia" as well, in the passages where the editor compares the "reminsences" of the Anastasia claimant with information pertaining to the actual Grand Duchess. He includes memories from Pierre Gilliard that do not appear in "Thirteen Years at the Russian Court" including a very adorable scene where 4 year on Anastasia enters her older sisters' classroom and declares, "I want to learn French too", pointing to pictures of animals and asking what they are called in French.
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Georgiy on June 06, 2005, 11:23:28 PM
I saw this for US$9,999 on Amazon :o, but had to laugh when I came across it on Bookfinder for a measley NZ$1.30 or so!
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 07, 2005, 10:35:55 AM
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I saw this for US$9,999 on Amazon :o, but had to laugh when I came across it on Bookfinder for a measley NZ$1.30 or so!


That's what I found too! :o When I told my mom she laughed and said there must be some mistake.  Wow, you found it really cheap, I looked around and found it only as low as 10.00! ::)
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Elizabeth on June 07, 2005, 10:42:05 AM
Yeah, there are a lot of "Anastasia" books out there now that sell for REALLY cheap.  I think after the DNA results came out that some started GIVING their books away.   ;)

E--
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Georgiy on June 07, 2005, 03:53:25 PM
I didn't buy it (the $1:30 one that is - nor the 10-grand one!), but if you are interested, you should try searching on bookfinder.com, that way you can find the cheapest/best option from a variety of sources all at once rather than have to go backwards and forwards between various sites.
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 07, 2005, 04:07:28 PM
No, I don't think I am going to buy it right now.  It just doesn't seem worth it at this point. :-/  
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: RealAnastasia on June 17, 2005, 09:22:40 PM
It's author is Roland Krug Von Nidda, and actually you'll like it if you read it. Very accurate in Anna Anderson. But I think Anna Anderson didn't like it at all.  ::)

RealAnastasia.
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: Shvibzik on June 21, 2005, 03:39:44 PM
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Wasn't there another "autobiography" out there at one time (not by Anna Anderson), from another one of the "claimants."  It was actually written by the woman, but she was proved to be false (I think Life or Look Magazine had a story on her back in the 1950s or 1960s, and the discovered AFTER the article was published that it wasn't REALLY AN - duh!)...

Here is what your talking about:

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...Eugenia Smith, of Chicago, also known as Eugenia Drabek Smetisko, (1899-31 January 1997) was the author of the Autobiography of HIH Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia, in which she claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia...

Is it the same book?
Title: Re: I, Anastasia: an Autobiography
Post by: RealAnastasia on June 21, 2005, 07:52:56 PM
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Yeah, there are a lot of "Anastasia" books out there now that sell for REALLY cheap.  I think after the DNA results came out that some started GIVING their books away.   ;)

E--


Great News, Elizabeth! I would like to have all these books, and in my country there are pretty expensive! So, if people are giving them just for the DNA results...I wish they give me them TO ME!  ;D ;D (I'm always interested in this subject)

RealAnastasia.