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As minister of education, Count Paul Ignatieff, the author's grandfather, resigned out of disgust from Czar Nicholas II's cabinet. A liberal, he tried to preserve statesmanlike traditions, but an increasingly reactionary regime stifled him. With the 1917 revolution he went into exile. While his wife Natasha cared for their five sons in England, then in Canada, the count immersed himself in White Russian emigre politics in Paris. The couple's reunion is one of the touching moments in this family history. The author, an expatriate Canadian living in London, combed family memoirs and made two trips to the Soviet Union to track down material on four generations of his aristocratic ancestors. He is not proud of his great-grandfather Nikolai, an imperial ambassador who persecuted Jews and plotted against the Ottoman Empire, yet he hides nothing. His painfully honest search for roots leads him to the realization, "You make yourself with your own hands, here and now." (August
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Though thoroughly Anglicized, the author poignantly recaptures the lives of his paternal grandparents, Count Paul and Countess Natalie Ignatieff. The family had been prominent in Russia for generations; Paul served as Nicholas II's last minister of education, thus commanding a center-stage vantage point at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. The fate of the Ignatieffstheir terrible suffering and uprootednessserves as an effective symbol of those shattering times. Through skillful use of diaries, photos, heirlooms, and history Ignatieff recaptures the essence of old Russia and shows how the fate of families and nations intertwine and how both endure. Highly recommended. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll . Lib., Burlington, Vt.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1 edition (June 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312281838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312281830
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kartick Kumar on August 5, 2006
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Michael Ignatieff has written a lucid and beautiful family memoir. Never allowing nostalgia to obscure larger truths, Ignatieff remains faithful to his past. A wonderful read that everyone can relate to. I highly recommend purchasing this gem of a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ASA on March 15, 2012
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Russian Album is an excellent book for anyone who is first generation or second generation coming into a new country. The book provides a solid grasp of the challenges that face those tranistioning to a new country and culture. There is always the issue of what to retain from the country and culture of origin and what to release. Equally important is how to capture and maintain the family's historical identity and pass that legacy on to future generations. This is a very rich story about real people who were swept by the currents of history into new and strange surroudnngs and how the family history was not lost but given value and passed on to subsequent generations.
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This is a Very insightful book on pre Bolshevic Russia, The life that most Aristocrats lived at that time and how some escaped from the certain doom and torture by those blood thirsty, ignorant, mobsters. This book was used but it fit the description that was used by this very prompt company and also received in just a few days regular postage
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Captivating book about a fascinating time in history.
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