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Re: Marie Feodorovna, her correspondence - letters, diaries etc
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2005, 09:41:44 AM »
I just saw the book today. Looked great with good pictures and of course fascinating info.. Quit funny as I rescently posted a topic on the IF discussion asking for info on those years in the Crimea...And know i got it, more or less, have to find out if my budget can take it  ;D!

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« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2005, 04:16:03 PM »
Here is another, related article.  I sure hope that Marlene is wrong in this case and that these are translated into English...

http://en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=5427967&startrow=1&date=2005-02-18&do_alert=0

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« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2005, 07:08:28 PM »
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Here is another, related article. áI sure hope that Marlene is wrong in this case and that these are translated into English...
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I suspect that this is will be a Russian language publication, because Vagrius Publishers is a large Moscow based publishing house.


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Re: Marie Feodorovna, her correspondence - letters, diaries etc
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2005, 08:24:26 PM »
The article must have it a bit off - from the Crimea under house arrest they have quoted from a letter supposedly from Empress Maria to GD Georgi Alexandrovich! (I guess it must really have been to GD Mikhail).

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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2005, 08:00:42 PM »
Today I watched NTV (Russian news service) on satellite, and one of the last segments presented an interview with Rostropvich and scenes at the book launch. I was able to hear him introduce the brand new publication of the Diaries at the Hermitage several hours ago. :)

The book is definitely in Russian, and the cover bears Dowager Empress Marie's youthful Imperial image against numerous hand written lines on a white background.

Now it's time to hit the Russian bookstores! ;D
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« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2005, 10:17:54 PM »
http://www.sptimes.ru/archive/times/1046/news/n_14938.htm

http://www.sptimes.ru/archive/times/1046/news/n_0_4622.htm

St. Petersburg Times - 2/22/05

Diaries of Maria Fyodorovna Published

By Galina Stolyarova
STAFF WRITER

Cellist and philanthropist Mstislav Rostropovich launched a book of the previously unpublished diaries of Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna on Monday.

The musician purchased the original diaries, dating back to the years 1914 and 1923, which were discovered only a few years ago, and donated them to the publishing house Vagrius, which printed them.

"We [Rostropovich and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya] have left Russia, but we are closely following events in the country," Rostropovich said at the launch in the State Hermitage Museum. "We are returning as many precious memorabilia of the country's finest as we can. On my last trip here I brought 20 of [Pyotr] Tchaikovsky's letters, a [Nikolai] Gogol letter, a [Nikolai] Rimsky-Korsakov letter and four pages of [Nikolai] Karamzin's manuscripts and more."

Maria Fyodorovna, daughter of the Danish king, Christian IX, married Tsarevich Alexander, later Tsar Alexander III. Together they had six children, including Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II.

After her son abdicated in 1917, Maria Fyodorovna escaped to the Crimea with her daughter, and in 1919 they emigrated from there to England and later to Copenhagen.

The diaries were found in a house on the outskirts of London where the empress spent several years before moving to Denmark. The previous owner, who sold the diaries to Rostropovich in 2001, requested anonymity. "I was approached by the owner, who didn't want to go through the auction schemes or any public sale," Rostropovich said.

The newly published diaries reflect the most tragic, troubled and challenging part of the empress's life.

"After the [October] revolution, Russia was breaking apart but the empress didn't give up and never allowed her spirit be broken by the turbulent times and miseries she was going through," said Yulia Kudrina, the project's director and one of the book's translators.

The book offers precious - and previously unpublished - personal insights into events that shook the world.

In a letter from May 4, 1917, Maria Fyodorovna describes a humiliating scene of Bolsheviks searching her estate in Ai-Todor in Crimea. "Everything was so brutal and indecent: a marine officer broke into my room and woke me up at 5:30 a.m.," the empress wrote. "He placed a guard just by my bed and told me to get up ... I was bewildered. The officer sat at my desk and started perusing literally every single piece looking for compromising materials. And everything, even my Dutch children's gospel book, was thrown into a big sack and taken away."

It took several years to prepare the manuscript for publication.

"The diaries were written in minute handwriting, with many words smudges and many pages torn," Kudrina said. "We also had to do quite a lot of deciphering as a number of words were abbreviated."

Even in the last hours of her life, the tsarina refused to believe that the Bolsheviks had murdered her son and his family. She died in Denmark in 1928 and was buried in Copenhagen's Roskilde Cathedral, and is to be reburied next to her husband in the Peter and Paul Cathedral next year.
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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2005, 10:36:36 PM »
Rostropovich to his credit is doing a lot of good for Russia today. :)



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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2005, 09:42:28 AM »
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Interesting - but according to the original reports - Olga Romanoff, daughter of Prince Andrew, found the diaries in her attic in her home at Provender in Kent.
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« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2005, 09:15:04 PM »
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Interesting - but according to the original reports - Olga Romanoff, daughter of Prince Andrew, found the diaries in her attic in her home at Provender in Kent.


Hi Marlene,

Rostropovich purchased the book "for a huge sum of money". In his Russian interview he stated that the Diary was in the possession of a distant Romanoff relative." He would not disclose her name, except to say that this woman "sought him out" by telephone, because she believed that he understood the nature of the item and that he would enable its publication.

Rostrpovich went on to claim that there were other items accompanying the Diary. Inside a floral handkerchief he found a pair of manicuring scissors which belonged to the Empress.

It took two years to translate the Diary from the original Danish language. There were numerous abbreviations and close to one thousand names mentioned, which necessitated the Russian publisher to produce a separate listing.

The print run was 5000 copies. á;)
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« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2005, 04:43:11 AM »
I have bought today the Diaries of Maria Fyodorovna in Russian. Very exiting.

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« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2005, 05:14:27 AM »
Hi Hikaru,

How exciting! If you do not mind me asking, how many rubles did you pay for your copy?

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« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2005, 06:12:27 AM »
It is published in 2005 by Moscow Publishing House "Vagrius" and its price in the "Dom knigi" (Book's House) on Novy Arbat is 766 roubles -702 pages (about 30 dollars) .
(New books became very expensive)
It conclude:
Diaries from 1914 till 1923.
Diaries from 1916 was bought by Mstislav Rostropovich
Everyting is translated from Danish.
The number of printed issues are 5000 volumes
It is a simple book with some photographs and with firm cover.
Nothing special from the publishing point of view.

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« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2005, 08:50:55 PM »
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It is published in 2005 by Moscow Publishing House "Vagrius" and its price in the "Dom knigi" (Book's House) on Novy Arbat is 766 roubles -702 pages (about 30 dollars) .


Thanks hikaru. I was very curious about the retail price in Russia.  ;)


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Re: Marie Feodorovna, her correspondence - letters, diaries etc
« Reply #43 on: February 28, 2005, 07:29:59 AM »
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It is published in 2005 by Moscow Publishing House "Vagrius" and its price in the "Dom knigi" (Book's House) on Novy Arbat is 766 roubles -702 pages (about 30 dollars) .
(New books became very expensive)
It conclude:
Diaries from 1914 till 1923.
Diaries from 1916 was bought by Mstislav Rostropovich
Everyting is translated from Danish.
The number of printed issues are 5000 volumes
It is a simple book with some photographs and with firm cover.
Nothing special from the publishing point of view.

Well,here in St Petersburg one can find a book at 738 roubles. In fact all the photos in the book are well-known. I mean they travelled from A.Bokhanov's and Y.Kudrina's books. ::)

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Re: Marie Feodorovna, her correspondence - letters, diaries etc
« Reply #44 on: February 28, 2005, 09:20:12 AM »
Apparently the Danish and Russian publications cover different years of the Dowager Empress' diaries.

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