Childhood, Youth and Exile

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    Childhood, Youth and Exile PDF/EPUB ☆ Childhood, Napoleon s occupation of Moscow in , and continues through his solitary boyhood and close friendship with his cousin Nick Ogarev, his days at Moscow University, and his eventual imprisonment for his socialist beliefs The book ends with his adventures in exile which are vividly recounted and disply the rich observation of detail that make Herzen s work so compelling."/>
  • Paperback
  • 308
  • Childhood, Youth and Exile
  • Alexander Herzen
  • English
  • 03 January 2017
  • 0192815059

About the Author: Alexander Herzen

Childhood, Youth and Exile PDF/EPUB ☆ Childhood, childhood, epub, youth pdf, exile pdf, Childhood, Youth download, Childhood, Youth and ExileChildhood, Youth and Exile PDF/EPUBAlexander Ivanovich Herzen Russian was a Russian pro Western writer and thinker known Childhood, Youth MOBI :´ as the father of Russian socialism , and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party He is held responsible for creating a political climate leading to the emancipation of the serfs in His autobiography My Past and Thoughts, written with grace, energy, and ease, is often considered the best specimen of that genre in Russian literature He also published the important social novel Who is to Blame .


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  1. Jackson Cyril says:

    Herzen s acute eye for observation, his survey of events great and small without a shred of bombastic pathos, his irresistible sense of humor, his formidable skills as a raconteur, his staunch distrust of generalization and willingness to embrace life in its manifold complexity make this work important for both the student of mid century Russia who wants to understand the world of the rural aristocracy, the criminal courts, the universities and the fate and life of exiled socialists, but also to Herzen s acute eye for observation, his survey of events great and small without a shred of bombastic pathos, his irresistible sense of humor, his formidable skills as a raconteur, his staunch distrust of generalization and willingness to embrace life in its manifold complexity make this work important for both the student of mid century Russia who wants to understand the world of the rural aristocracy, the criminal courts, the universities and the fate and life of exiled socialists, but also to the general reader who has the time and ability to appreciate a lively and vigorous intellect animating on matters great and small with great wit and sensibility To these virtues are added those of Isaiah Berlin s introduction, which excellently situates Herzen in the political and cultural context of the mid nineteenth century and appreciates his stature as a leading figure in the intellectual world of mid century Russia

  2. Zuberino says:

    5 stars for Berlin s scintillating introduction to the life and thought of Herzen 4 stars for the book itself, which consists of the first two volumes of Herzen s memoirs Herzen is one of those names that are forever flitting around the edges of one s consciousness and one s reading, vaguely associated with the Russian anarchists of the 19th century, alongside Bakunin and Belinsky and all that lot, but never clearly defined or portrayed for one s benefit I ve heard of him at least since I bec 5 stars for Berlin s scintillating introduction to the life and thought of Herzen 4 stars for the book itself, which consists of the first two volumes of Herzen s memoirs Herzen is one of those names that are forever flitting around the edges of one s consciousness and one s reading, vaguely associated with the Russian anarchists of the 19th century, alongside Bakunin and Belinsky and all that lot, but never clearly defined or portrayed for one s benefit I ve heard of him at least since I became aware of Stoppard s Coast of Utopia trilogy in the mid 90s, and he skates across the pages of Crankshaw s magisterial history but not in any great depth or detail Even this book I ve owned for at least a few years without ever cracking open its pages Well, the wait is over, and I must say that this immersive read was entirely worth the wait It s not a fat book, but neither is it one that you can zip through in a hurry Maybe in that sense, my slow read reflects the writing of the book itself, composed over many years, in spurts and flashes as and when the author was able to give it his attention The book covers the first 25 years of Herzen s life, up to the point when he is allowed to return from exile in remote Vyatka, just shy of the Urals, back to Vladimir, into the heart of European Russia As such, it is not so much a guide to Herzen s later life and philosophy, but it is an extremely valuable document about Tsarist Russia in the first decades of the 19th century from the time of the Napoleonic invasion, when Moscow burned memorably like a many headed bonfire, to the depths of the dead hand reign of the hated Nicholas I The bastard son of a morose aristocrat, Herzen is superb in describing the rarefied yet gloomy milieu he grew up in, interspersed with flashes of light friendships, and first loves, and summer visits to the family estate in the glorious Russian countryside The assorted teachers and servants form a memorable rogues gallery of Russian and occasionally French and German types And then he grows up and becomes, even in his youth, a headstrong, proud, fearless critic of the ancien regime He sidesteps other people s plans for him the Army the Civil Service and cuts his own rebellious way through university, falling in with the wrong types and swiftly getting himself noticed by the dreaded Secret Police Student hi jinks are followed by nine months in prison Herzen s description of life in the Krutitsky Barracks is a very fine early example of prison lit Eventually, his fierce pigheadedness leads him to exile in the deep heart of Russia, in distant Perm and Vyatka But not before there s a thrilling boat ride across the Volga in full flood to the safety of the walls of Kazan The chapters on exile take up only the bottom third of the book, but for me this was the most entertaining part of the book, not least because of the hateful presence of the evil Governor Tyufyayev Every cliche about Russian life from Gogol downwards the absent minded cruelty of its administration, the zombie army of bureaucrats, the long suffering mass of martyrs also known as the common people, the sheer arbitrary absurdity of the rules and diktats they must put up with all of this is made flesh by Herzen At times, the grotesquerie exceeds all normal limits a pet Great Dane fed to dinner guests, girls turned into boys and living people turned into the walking undead at the stroke of a bureaucratic pen it s all too much to wrap one s head around at times And yet this has been Russian reality for at least a millennium Eventually Tyufyayev is felled and the kindly eye of the future Alexander II falls on Herzen when the former visits the provinces Herzen returns and I have ordered the next in the series already This first volume then gives an insight into the great man s personality and the influences that went into shaping it Thanks to Herzen s disarmingly candid prose, you feel as if he s sitting right across the room from you, chatting away the distance of two centuries simply vanishes But to find outabout his adult life and actual contributions to 19th century Russia, one must read on Carr s biography, Berlin s barn burning essays, and yes, Herzen himself as well

  3. Rick says:

    The first two parts of I think five parts of Herzen s memoirs, this edition while not serving the purpose I got it for because it stops the story before it gets to those parts , was nonetheless very gratifying and left me eveninterested in reading about the decades of Herzen s life that contributed greatly to Tom Stoppard s trilogy, The Coast of Utopia Herzen is a graceful and thoughtful writer, an alert observer, and one who both remembers and writes with disarming humility and wit.This The first two parts of I think five parts of Herzen s memoirs, this edition while not serving the purpose I got it for because it stops the story before it gets to those parts , was nonetheless very gratifying and left me eveninterested in reading about the decades of Herzen s life that contributed greatly to Tom Stoppard s trilogy, The Coast of Utopia Herzen is a graceful and thoughtful writer, an alert observer, and one who both remembers and writes with disarming humility and wit.This volume tells the story of Herzen s childhood and early adulthood, his pampered life in Russia, his political interests and how it impacted his university days and resulted in his exile Some of the activities at university seem equal parts politics and irreverent college age pranks and misbehavior To the degree that they are not equal parts, alcohol seems to shift the balance toward the latter category Political banquets that become friends just partying Political protests that areinstances of pulling the beards of authority than serious revolutionary acts of rebellion But it is czarist Russia so sometimes the behavior is tolerated and pro forma apologies or the intercessions of influential relatives will smooth things over and the next event is planned though if you don t have an influential relative apologies go unheeded and no one intercedes and sometimes you are off to exile in the east.When Herzen is ultimately sent off he toils as a minor bureaucrat in some wilderness outpost and does his best to do his job and stay out of the way of whatever petty tyrant holds sway over his post and region He endures but some of his friends and acquaintances do not alcohol, illness in harsh conditions, poverty rubs them out under the malign neglect of the authorities Intelligent, funny, objective about the games, silly or consequential, that go into human interaction, whether the interaction is political, social or personal Herzen is a wonderful escort through his life and times In the two parts contained here he has the youthful energy and emerging maturity of a young man, as if you were reading a diary It will be interesting to see how the voice changes, if it does, as marriage and the challenges of adulthood, particularly in a high stakes political arena, have their impacts I ll be looking for the other volumes of his engaging memoir