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ihas anyone read this book?
"Tsar Nicholas II" by prof. Jan Sobczak
it are actualy 2 parts, one about his youth and one on the trone. It's in Polish, but I haven't read it yet.

It's a cultural history or Russia. It's called Natasha's dance because of Wr and Peace where Nathasha's starts to dance like a true Russian girl when she had been brought up to be a European.
So Orlando Figes starts to search for that something true russian in people. It reads like a novel and it's one of my favourite books. Now I started to read his "A people's tragedy" (about the russian revolution 1891-1924).

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Tosltoy & Volkonski
« on: August 01, 2005, 01:06:18 PM »
maybe I wrote it wrong. I never ment that Volkonski was a writer. What I ment was than I read the history of the person Sergej Volkonski in Orlando's Figes "Natasha's dance".
The fact was that Sergej was Tolstoj's hero. He admired him in every way (as did a lot of people).
I never knew that Levin was based on Tolstoj himself.
But Tolstoy also tried to live like Volkonski (like a lot of people tried to in those days but mostly failed it)

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Tosltoy & Volkonski
« on: July 29, 2005, 03:34:45 AM »

After reading Volkonski's history and "War and peace", I saw how much Tolstoy admired him (hey, he named a caracter after him: Bolkonski). Then I read "Anna Karenina" and Levin also represents Volkonski.
Are there any other books where by other authors where someone has found teh sma thing?
Has Volkonski realy had such a big influence on Russian literature or just on Tolstoy?

...a picture of smiling Alexandra holding 2year old, curly haired Alexei up, but in black and white. I've also heared there is a second one taken at the same photo shoot.

Forum Announcements / Re: Where do you come from?
« on: June 14, 2005, 02:49:00 PM »
I'm from Belgium (the Dutch speaking part) :)

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