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Memoirs of a Russian Lady Before the Revolution

Mariamna Davydoff, Olga Davydoff Dax

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A unique and beautifully illustrated memoir of rural Russia before the Revolution


These are the reminiscences of Mariamna Davydoff, born in 1871 and forced to flee the country in 1919. Mariamna’s vivid, detailed watercolours and writings reveal the intimate details of life on a country estate: clothes and furniture, pastimes and entertainments, servants and peasants, gardens and farms, and the daily and seasonal rituals of life in southern Russia.

A first-hand account of the era of Chekhov and Turgenev, Mariamna’s book shows life as it was at the end of the golden age of Russian literature and the birth of the Communist state; throughout it runs the theme of nostalgia for better, more innocent times – a sense of paradise lost.

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'A beautiful volume, as you would expect from Thames & Hudson ... a fascinating glimpse into another world'

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Format: Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 23.4 x 26.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 82

Publication date: 7 November 2011

ISBN: 9780500515884

Contents List

Preface • 1. Matussov • 2. Kamenka • 3. Dubrova, War and Revolution 4. Davydoff Family Tree

About the Author

Mariamna Davydoff (b 1871) fled Russia following the Revolution, and lived in France until 1949, before emigrating to the USA, where she died in 1961.

Olga Davydoff Dax is the cousin of Mariamna Davydoff.

List of Contributors

Olga Davydoff Dax