The Marquis de Custine's checklist of his journey to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of 1 of the world's such a lot interesting and bothered international locations. it's also a superb piece of trip writing. Custine, who met with humans in all walks of lifestyles, together with the Czar himself, deals bright descriptions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, of lifestyles at courtroom and in the street, and of the impoverished Russian geographical region. yet including a wealth of sharply delineated incident and aspect, Custine's nice paintings additionally offers an indelible picture--roundly denounced through either Czarist and Communist regimes--of a rustic overwhelmed by means of despotism and "intoxicated with slavery."
Letters from Russia, the following released in a brand new version ready via Anka Muhlstein, the writer of the Goncourt Prize-winning biography of Custine, stands with Tocqueville's Democracy in the United States as a profound and passionate stumble upon with old forces which are nonetheless greatly at paintings on the earth this present day.