!!> BOOKS ✯ The Czars Madman ⚡ Author Jaan Kross – Ivogue.co.uk

The Czars Madman Timo Von Bock S Release By The Czar From Nine Years Incarceration Does Not Spell The End Of The Baron S Troubles He Is Confined To His Livonian Estate To Live Under The Constant Eye Of Police Informers Planted Among His Own Household, And Is Subjected To Endless Humiliations It Is Claimed That He Is A Madman And In Need Of Protection A Man Would Need To Be Insane, After All, To Have Taken A Czar At His Word When Asked For A Candid Appraisal Of The State S Infirmities.From The Year Of His Release From Prison And Return To His Wife Eeva, A Woman Of Peasant Stock To Whom, With Her Brother Jakob, He Has Given A Solid Education, The Baron S Life Is Recorded In A Secret Journal By This Same Jakob, A Shrewd And Observant House Guest.Reconstructing The Events Leading Up To The Baron S Incarceration In 1818 And Subsequent To His Release In 1827, Jakob Little By Little Brings To Light Mysteries Surrounding The Czar S Madman Was His Madness Genuine What Was The Secret Understanding Between Him And His Boon Companion Czar Alexander I, Who Committed Him To Prison In The Czar S Madman Jaan Kross Weaves Together The Elements Of Intrigue Surrounding Those Historical Characters Who Survived In Post Napoleonic Russia, And By A Skillful Shifting Of Chronology And Viewpoints, Creates A Superbly Rich And Moving Narrative.Winner Of France S Best Foreign Book Award.


10 thoughts on “The Czars Madman

  1. says:

    Scritto nel 1978, quando ancora l Estonia apparteneva all Unione Sovietica, in una terra ricca di storia e ancora giocoforza ostile al potere centrale, questo romanzo storico, sorretto da rigorosa ricerca e analisi delle fonti, permette rianimando uomini e ideali di conoscere attraverso il caso particolare e il luogo specifico l identit di un popolo oppresso e mal governato La Livonia, regione ora integrata nei territori della Lettonia, governata dallo zar Alessandro I, agli inizi dell Otto Scritto nel 1978, quando ancora l Estonia apparteneva all Unione Sovietica,...


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    Here is a conclusion I have reached leaving the question of God aside, I certainly won t lose sleep over the fatherland I have seen what total devotion to it may entail Partial devotion to it may imply treason, but a true and total devotion to the fatherland, such as Timo s, would be sheer madness Or is there yet another alternative Or all possibilities in this world simply alternatives Even in the gently swaying separate world of the reeds at dusk The Czar s Madman is an historical Here is a conclusion I have...


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    Kross is one of the better writers you ve never read An Estonian who I believe is still alive albeit ancient, he wrote his only two long works that have been translated into English this and Professor Marten s Departure under Soviet rule, managing to disguise a vicious and oftentimes funny critique of their authoritarian ways by writing about Estonians under the Tsar The Czar s Madman is about Timo von Bock, an actual Estonian nobleman, who has the gall to criticize the Tsar s authoritarian Kross is one of the better writers you ve never read An Estonian who I believe is still alive albeit ancient, he wrote his only two long works that have been translated into English this and Professor Marten s Departure under Soviet rule, managing to disguise a vicious and oftentimes funny critique of their authoritarian ways by writing about Estonians under the Tsar The Czar s Madman is about Timo von Bock, an actual Estonian nobleman, who has the gall to criticize the Tsar s authoritarian style of rule, and is imprisoned for his trouble Timo himself...


  4. says:

    I was prepared to give Kross the benefit of the doubt because I have a soft spot for Estonia It turns out there was no need This was dazzling, one of the best books I have ever read Timo von Bock whether he was truly mad or not is a man after my own heart, but with a thousand times the courage The book as a whole is a wonderfully readable mix of tragedy, comedy, historical commentary and the touching life stories of of beautifully drawn characters, and raises some challenging questions I was prepared to give Kross the benefit of the doubt because I have a s...


  5. says:

    A brilliant novel written as a diary Rich in 19th Century Estonian and Russian history Vivid descriptions of the Estonian landscape, and one of the most compelling novels I ve ever read No spoilers, just a recommendation anyone interested in Estonia who doesn t know of Jaan...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler


  7. says:

    la storia non si ferma mai e i sogni dei sognatori sono destinati a venir sognati di nuovo, ancora e ancoraUna vicenda, tre differenti punti di vista Il primo quello del narratore, Jakob M ttich che il giorno in cui suo cognato, Tito van Brock, torna a casa dopo 9 anni di prigionia inizia a mettere per iscritt...


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    don t worry no spoilers hereFirst, let me say that I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction, and not what often passes for historical fiction i.e., romantic novels set in an historical period The Czar s Madman is not an easy read and demands patience and thorough reading, so if you re looking for light historical fiction this isn t the book for you Otherwise, if, like myself, you enjoy fiction set during the Czarist period in Russia which lasted, actually, through don t worry no spoilers hereFirst, let me say that I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction, and not what often passes for historical fiction i.e., romantic novels set in an historical period The Czar s Madman is not an easy read and demands patience and thorough reading, so if you re looking for light historical fiction this isn t the book for you Otherwise, if, like myself, you enjoy fiction set during the Czarist period in Russia which lasted, actually, through 1917 , then don t miss this one.The author assumes that the reader is going to have some basic knowledge of Russian history, and I did find that a basic understanding was helpful I had to go to the Internet a few times to set myself straight on a few things, but then again, I m weird I...


  9. says:

    Varem oli mu eesti kirjanduse lemmikuks Krossi Wikmani poisid , kuid Keisri hull letas selle taseme P ris uskumatu, et suurem osa sellest raamatust on t estis ndinud lugu ja Timotheus von Bock reaalselt saatis oma radikaalse manifesti Aleksander esimesele ning oli seet ttu vangis M ne lugeja jaoks on j nud k sitavaks, kas Bock on siis hull v i mitte Minu arust oli algusest peale selge, et ta on t ie m istuse juures geeniusest revolutsion r, kes on lihtsalt oma ajast v ga palju ees 19 Varem oli mu eesti kirjanduse lemmikuks Krossi Wikmani poisid , kuid Keisri hull letas selle taseme P ris uskumatu, et suurem osa sellest raamatust on t estis ndinud lugu ja Timotheus von Bock reaalselt saatis oma radikaalse manifesti Aleksander esimesele ning oli seet ttu vangis M ne lugeja jaoks on j nud k sitavaks, kas Bock on siis hull v i mitte Minu arust oli algusest peale selge, et ta on t ie m istuse juures geeniusest revolutsion r,...


  10. says:

    Mul tuli seda raamatut lugedes silme ette tohutult palju paralleele praegusest eestlaste sallimatuse laviinist Neid, kes on identifitseerinud end kosmopoliitsete liberaalidena, peetakse hulludeks T si k ll, mitte keisri, vaid suure osa hiskonna poolt hiskond, kes on ise vabanenud orjusest, mille protsessi kirjeldatakse Keisri hullus , tahab oma isiklike kannatuste orjusesse j tta k ik neist erinevad inimesed Kuigi raamat kirjeldavat ka 1970 aastate n ukogudevastast meelsust, ei saa neist Mul tuli seda raamatut lugedes silme ette tohutult palju paralleele praegusest eestlaste sallimatuse laviinist Neid, kes on identifitseerinud end kosmopoliitsete liberaalidena, peetakse hulludeks T si k ll, mitte keisri, vaid suure osa hiskonna poolt hiskond, kes on ise vabanenud orjusest, mille protsessi kirjeldatakse Keisri hullus , tahab oma isiklike kannatuste orjusesse j tta k ik neist erinevad inimese...


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