The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

By Figes, Orlando

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9781627792141 9781627792158
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Metropolitan: Holt


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Starred Review on August 1, 2019  |  Social Sciences

In this lively study, Figes (history, Birkbeck Univ. of London; A People's Tragedy) untangles the fraught relationships among three subjects: operatic diva Pauline Viardot, her husband, Louis, and Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. (Was Pauline's daughter the product of a liaison with Turgenev?) But he does more than that: using their lives to show how, in the middle of the 19th century, an understanding of art as European, not sol...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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