Kathryn Harrison provides an entertaining account of the the last days of the Romanov family. The year is 1917. The place: Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine the Great's winter palace with its succession of opulent rooms, some carved from amber, some f... more.
New Yearâ€™s Day, St. Petersburg, 1917. Divers pull the body of Rasputin, the Mad Monk, from the icy waters of the Neva River. Within hours, his daughters are taken to the Royal Palace, where the Tsarina makes a shocking request: would Masha, 18, take on her fatherâ€™s role as healer to the Tsarevitch Alyosha?
Two months later, revolution has toppled the Tsar, and the entire family is placed under house-arrest. Trapped together in harsh conditions, Masha and Alyosha find solace in one anotherâ€™s company. Two teenagers, with radically different experiences of the Romanovâ€™s ill-fated reign, create a private realm of magic and love, as Masha introduces Alyosha to the wild and beautiful land he will never rule.
â€˜A stupendous work of historical imaginationâ€™ Peter Carey
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