Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture
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The Europeans is Orlando Figes' masterpiece. Surprising, beautifully written, it describes huge changes through intimate details, little-known stories and through the lens of Turgenev and the Viardots' touching, strange love triangle. Events which we now see as central to European high culture are made completely fresh, allowing the reader to revel in the sheer precariousness with which the great salons, premieres and bestsellers came into existence.
A dazzling, highly original account of three remarkable individuals and their part in creating the matchless new culture of 19th-century Europe.