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The Romantic Exiles Paperback – December 12, 1981

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"Beyond praise. This classic about Alexander Herzen and his fellow exiles from Czarist Russia is a masterpiece of biography, spirited, enthralling, and profound."
Francis Steegmuller

"A documented study of a whole group of Russian exiles—all revolutionary in word if not in deed, and nearly all bound together by some kind of more or less intimate personal relationship.... If the men are the spiritual heirs of Rousseau the women are the emotional children of George Sand. The 'All for Freedom' of the one balanced the 'All for Love' of the other...not only a fascinating human story but a real contribution to the study of European history."
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"There is a great charm in the way Mr. Carr has recreated the atmosphere of those strange Russian exiles, 'run to intellect,' who caused so profound an influence on Europe's literary evolution in the middle of the last century. Great figures are conjured up with real skill by Mr. Carr's able pen."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Serif Publishing; New edition edition (December 12, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897959354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897959350
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,421,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Mcrae on November 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a masterpiece of English academic writing. Lucid, perfectly judged, witty, the book follows the paths of Alexander Herzen and his remarkable family and acquaintances through the cultural currents of mid-19th century Europe. The big story is Herzen's love life. How he managed to be so productive for several decades among the extraordinary turbulence of these experiences is a complete mystery, a mystery handled beautifully by Carr. If you want some insights -- insightfully partial, domestic and exquisitely detailed -- into the passionate and talented angry middle-aged men who theorised and fomented the Russian and other revolutions, this is your book. From there go onto Herzen's own My Past and Thoughts or Isaiah Berlin's writing on the same topics.The Romantic Exiles
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Brantingham on January 11, 2010
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After almost half a century of being out of print, in fact, a rare book, E.H. Carr's "The Romantic Exiles" is once more available. It is, to put it mildly, a rare treat. This dramatic portrait of Alexander Herzen and his family (and followers) reads almost like a novel--but is certainly not fiction.
Herzen the radical publicist, wrongly portrayed as a far-Left radical, was one of the responsible promoters of democratic reform in tsarist Russia. While now and then he turned his eye on other countries, especially Poland, he was chiefly a journalist for political reform in his native Russia--from which he fled with his family.
But "The Romantic Exiles," while partly about Herzen's life and times, is chiefly about his personal life, his amours and his friendships. These were tangled, to say the least. The followers attracted to him were ambitious but flawed personalities, wrapped up in their love affairs and love failures. In covering these events. E. H. Carr seems to be dabbling in melodrama. But it's really not the case. His portrait of this group of troubled Russian rebels is as moving as a Chekhov play--which sometimes it resembles.
Rising above it all is Herzen--a truly noble figure in the politics of 19th century Europe. Noble, yes, but tragic. Battling for reform in Russia, he suddenly found himself outmoded when the reforming tsar, Alexander II, came to the throne. His reforms were exactly what Herzen had called for, liberation of the serfs, changes in legal procedures. Herzen felt suddenly out of date.
Anyone interested in this period and in the extraordinary figure of Alexander Herzen, must read this wonderful reissue.
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