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The Russian Album by Michael Ignatieff
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The Russian Album

by Michael Ignatieff

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A moving memoir of the Russian ancestors of the author, who has written and presented programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. I have read other memoirs of this type and, as ever, one is struck by the discontinuity and dislocation of the revolution and the feeling that the world would never be the same, whether better or worse depending on one's view of the past, station in society, and attitude towards the future of Russian society, notwithstanding the appalling acts carried out by both Reds and Whites in the Civil War. A very human book also, with interesting and thought provoking things to say about the nature of real and constructed genealogical memory. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 5, 2008 |
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With ties to Tsar Nicholas II and Catherine the Great, writer and historian Michael Ignatieff traces his family's rise to power and influence, and then sweeps readers into the avalanche of revolution, civil war, and exile that stripped his forefathers of their wealth, position, and nearly their lives.

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