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Twilight of the Romanovs: A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia Hardcover – 4 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Reprint edition (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516683
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2.8 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rare treat to be able to see century-old images in colour … everyone should find something of interest. --Amateur Photographer

I have never seen a more beautiful book on the tragic dynasty of the Romanovs and the Imperial Russia they ruled over … this book is the nearest thing we have to a time machine to this period … they say a thing of beauty is a joy forever… well, this book is very much a thing of beauty --Destructive Music.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Moss on 9 April 2013
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This is a good quality book of photographs ,But several silly and obvious mistakes were made re captions of photos IE describing one photo as the Tsar and his wife when it was actually a photo of the Tsar and his mother The Dowager Empress Marie and muddling up the daughters of the tsar in other photos, The colour photos are good quality and many of the other photos are interesting but do not think you are buying a book about the Romanovs , You are not This is a book about pre revolutionary Russia,
I do not really think this was worth the money paid for it , But still quite a good book .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 30 Sept. 2013
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Very nicely illustrated and interesting articles of the various areas of the Russian Empire. Nice reference book. Would have liked a bit more on the Romanovs seeing that it is part of the title
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Wonderful book - extraordinary collection of pictures. Not a celebration of the Romanovs but rather an extraordinary collection of photographs of Russia at the turn of the last century. Truly beautiful and captures all the magic of Russia.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faberge on 8 July 2013
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Superb book, well presented and giving a real insight into the spread of Imperial Russia Pricey but well worth it
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A bit misleading 19 Mar. 2013
By cjwickenden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book online I assumed, incorrectly, that the book would primarily deal with the Romanovs. Instead I found maybe a dozen photos of the Romanovs in the entire book. It was interesting to see pictures of turn-of-the-century Russia but overall I was not impressed. The photos, however, were of excellent quality. But for anyone interested in photos of the family, I'd pass on this one. Not worth the $60 dollars I paid for it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Coffee table book on late imperial Russia 11 Mar. 2013
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a selection of photos taken all over the Russian empire from 1855 to 1917. Don't take the accuracy of the text for granted-Rasputin is described in one caption as a "wandering priest," which he was not. The research on the book seemed to be rather lax. The color photos in the book, taken using a 4-plate technique, were interesting. The quality of the photos in the book was consistently good, so if you're just buying it for the photos, you should be okay. I didn't think it was quite worth the cost.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Captivating 9 July 2013
By Paul Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The title of this captivating photo book is a bit misleading. The Romanovs are little seen beyond the first few dozen pages of this 250-page gallery. And that is as it should be. For this is a book more about the waning days of empire, about the millions of subjects who lived in medieval conditions and in abject poverty, about the far flung outposts of a sprawling assemblage of nations and peoples, about the clash between modernity and tradition, urban and rural. Indeed, the title of the book's introduction, "Images of a Vanished World," might have been more appropriate. But the use of "Romanovs" will surely sell more books.
Which is good. Because the more people who see this remarkable collection, the more will understand both the roots of the Russian Revolution and the devastation it wrought.

Blom and Buckley have mined the rich archives of Prokudin-Gorsky, Bulla, Howe, Kirchner and others to present over 300 incredible snapshots of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian life. The images are not presented chronologically, but geographically, beginning in St. Petersburg, looping through Central Asia and Siberia, and ending up back in Moscow - a bit like a modern photographic retrospective led by Alexander Radishchev.

Many of the images are haunting - like battlefield images from 1905 and a famous image of a road in the Crimean War, littered with cannonballs; but others are filled with detail and life - like a crisp shot of Lubyanskaya Square in 1902, or the images of street merchants. It is often difficult to tear yourself away.
The text is sparse, just introductions to various regions and a long historical preface, plus quotes from literature throughout, and of course very informative captions. But that is as it should be, because these pictures do a superb job of telling the story all by themselves.

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Twilight of the Romanovs: A Phot graphic Odyssey Across Impwrial Russia'. 7 Mar. 2013
By Coralrose - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting more pictures of the last Imperial Family since the first part of the title is'Twilight of the Romanovs.' The color pictures are all right, but I think B&W should have been in the whole book,instead of just partway. I thought it was sad to read about the peasants in one part of the book and then to show pictures of the palaces of the Tsars. but then again, how many books have different pictures of the Romanovs and peasants?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Old Russia Revisited 13 Sept. 2013
By Carl Willner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book includes both a wonderful collection of old photographs during the last years of the Romanov dynasty in Russia, and illuminating text, organized by regions of the Russian Empire. For anyone interested in this period of history, a must-have!
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