By Ivan D. Sytin,Charles Ruud,Marina Soroka

on hand in the end, this quantity is the posthumous memoir of a peasant from the depths of outdated Russia who rose to nice wealth and effect as his country's so much profitable writer. even though by no means totally literate, Ivan Dmitrievich Sytin (1851-1934) used to be a intelligent businessman who made thousands by means of publishing books for all demeanour of readers.

My lifestyles for the booklet makes to be had the entire textual content of Sytin's unpublished memoir, besides numerous writings by means of those that knew him. via sharp and unremittingly ironic observations, Sytin describes with perception and enjoyment or dismay Tsarist Russia's paperwork, the Orthodox Church, the Imperial court docket, and many of the country's most famed writers, together with Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, and journalist Vlas Doroshevich.

Sytin's memoir, a story of significant Russian society voiced by means of a parvenu, depicts a pre-Revolutionary Russia of small retailers, church buildings, convents, deep spiritual religion, and improper rulers. whereas the Revolution finally disadvantaged Sytin of all potential to carrying on with publishing, his resilience and company stay an enduring legacy.

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