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Enchantments: A Novel

Kathryn Harrison.
Publisher Random House/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781400063475
Pages/Publication Date 315/2012
Daedalus Item Code 42216
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(A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book) After the "Mad Monk" Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River on the first day of 1917, his 18-year-old daughter Masha is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family, in this New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a return to historical fiction from the author of The Seal Wife, Exposure, and the memoir The Kiss. Tsarina Alexandra hopes Masha has inherited her father's mystical healing powers, and asks her to tend to the headstrong, hemophiliac prince Alyosha. Then the Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. To mentally escape the confinement of the palace, and to distract the prince from the pain she cannot heal, Masha tells him stories—some embellished, others entirely imagined, and all intricately layered like Fabergé's jeweled eggs. She talks of Nikolay and Alexandra's courtship, of Rasputin's exploits, and of their wild and wonderful country, on the brink of an unimaginable future.

"A sumptuous, atmospheric account of the last days of the Romanovs from the perspective of Rasputin's daughter, Enchantments animates a kaleidoscopic breadth of historical detail with the sensuous, transporting prose that is Kathryn Harrison's trademark."—Jennifer Egan

"Grigori Rasputin: faith healer, mad monk, priapic charlatan, resilient victim of assassination ... and family man? Kathryn Harrison tackles all his identities.... This splendid and surprising book circles through time and around stories both real and imagined, lending a tender perspective to familiar historical events as experienced by two central characters—Rasputin’s daughter Maria, known as Masha, and Alyosha, the hemophiliac Romanov heir—whose physical and emotional suffering acutely remind us of the human lives behind the legends.... While the dream of Romanov survival may be dead, Kathryn Harrison has given us something enduring—the last romantic figure of the era, a whip-cracking circus girl who was once an intimate part of a dying empire."—NYTBR

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