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Book Title: Russka|
The author of the book: Edward Rutherfurd
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Date of issue: August 21st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780517580486
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The author of the phenomenally successful Sarnum: The Novel of England now turns his remarkable talents to an even larger canvas-Russia. This panoramic novel is rich with everything that makes Russia so fascinating-it's people, politics, religion and culture-and covers 1800 years of its history.
Omnipotent tsars and mad monks, vast primeval forests and endless steppes, aristocratic grandeur and revolutionary fervor: the allure of Russia has long been felt in the Western imagination. With its unforgettable characters, narrative drive, and scrupulously accurate historical detail, Edward Rutherfurd's Russka immerses readers in a land and culture that is mysterious and complex.
Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country's geographic crossroads, Russia's Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Kazar Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich a varied tapestry.
Rutherfurd's grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself: harsh yet exotic, proud yet fearful of enemies, steeped in ancient superstitions but seeking to shape the emerging world. Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Lenin all play their roles in creating and destroying the land and its people. In Russka, Edward Rutherfurd transform the epic history of a great civilization into a human story of flesh and blood, boldness and action, and firmly establishes his position as today's foremost novelist of great and ancient cultures.
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Read information about the authorFrancis Edward Wintle, best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd, was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood home to write SARUM, a historical novel with a ten-thousand year story, set in the area around the ancient monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury. Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Since then he has written five more bestsellers: RUSSKA, a novel of Russia; LONDON; THE FOREST, set in England's New Forest which lies close by Sarum, and two novels which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century. His books have been translated into twenty languages.
Edward has lived in London, New York, New Hampshire and Ireland. He currently divides his time between New England and Europe. He has two children.
Edward Rutherfurd is a Life Member of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the Friends of Chawton House, which is located in Jane Austen's village and dedicated to the study of women writers. He is also a Patron of the National Theatre of Ireland (the Abbey Theatre) in Dublin.
In 2005, the City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place 'Rutherfurd Walk'.
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