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After the Romanovs

English · Paperback

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  • Immerse yourself in the glamorous world of 1920s Paris and a glittering cast of Russian emigrés, including Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, and Anna Akhmatova.

  • For readers of Simon Sebag Montefiore, Orlando Figes and Margaret Macmillan, this is European historical non fiction at its best. In hardback it was selected as a TLS book of the year, and was widely reviewed in the Times, Telegraph and The Spectator.

About the author

Dr Helen Rappaport is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Magnificent Obsession, Four Sisters, and Caught in the Revolution. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a specialist in imperial Russian and Victorian history, and a frequent historical consultant on TV and radio. She lives in West Dorset.



The scintillating story of the Russian aristocrats, artists, and intellectuals who sought refuge in interwar Paris.

The fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917 forced thousands of Russians to flee their homeland with only the clothes on their backs. Many came to France’s glittering capital, Paris. Former princes drove taxicabs, while their wives found work in the fashion houses. Some intellectuals, artists, poets, philosophers, and writers eked out a living at menial jobs; a few found success until the economic downturn of the 1930s hit. In exile, White Russian activists sought to overthrow the Bolshevik regime from afar, and double agents plotted from both sides, to little avail. Many Russians became trapped in a cycle of poverty and their all-consuming homesickness. This is their story. 

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