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Russia and Revolution

With Robert Service

Sunday 28 May 1.30pm

Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

Robert Service looks off camera in front of pink background

© Adele BIagi

Marking the hundredth anniversary of the Russian revolution, Robert Service – the eminent historian of Russia – provides a riveting account of the last Tsar of All the Russias, Nicholas II, and the final 18 months of his life and reign. Using previously untapped sources, including the Tsar’s diaries and recorded conversations, Service sheds remarkable new light on an extraordinary turning point in modern history.

The Last of the Tsars by Robert Service review - dispelling the myths

The killing of the tsar and his family bothered the American writer Mary McCarthy, even in her quasi-Stalinist phase, when she was impressed against her better judgment by communist apparatchiks. Whenever she got a bit drunk, she wrote in "My Confession" in 1953, she would bring up the killing of the tsar's children and look hopefully, but in vain, for "a trace of scruple or compassion".

This event is part of our City of Literature Weekend, 26 - 28 May
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Event runs: c. 1 hr

Visit Robert Service's Wikipedia page here

City of Literature is presented in association with

Writers’ Centre Norwich

UNESCO City of Literature

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