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Title:
Rasputin : rascal master
Author:
Oakley, Jane.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
207 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312032272
Format :
Book

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By the time he was poisoned, shot, beaten, and drowned in 1916, the court clown of the ill-fated Romanov dynasty had led a life that continues to tug at the popular imagination. Rasputin hailed from the Russian countryside, itinerant holy man dispensing prophecies and prayers in exchange for alms. He compiled an impeccable soothsaying record that made him something of a local celebrity in Siberia, which was enhanced by his reputed sexual prowess during orgiastic, paganlike ceremonies. The world knows him for plying these prurient skills in the salons of St. Petersburg, whose largely female clientele paid rapt attention to the rough-hewn and odorous peasant with the magnetic gray eyes. Nicholas and Alexandra, grateful for the mystic's successful divination of God's will to preserve the frail life of their hemophiliac son and heir, allowed him to wield great political influence while Russia tottered on the brink of revolution. It's a bizarre but true tale, and Oakley's prose strikes the right tone in a lushly illustrated book. ~--Gilbert Taylor