By Laurence Kelly
В этой первой биографии Александра Грибоедова, написанной на английском языке, Лоренс Келли создаёт яркий портрет человека замечательного литературного таланта и одарённого дипломата, который, однако, имел трагическую судьбу. Близкий кругам декабристов, выполнявший дипломатические миссии на Кавказе и в Иране, молодой, но уже известный литератор и композитор, был в конечном счете растерзан фанатиками в Тегеране, не дожив и до forty лет.
Лоренс Келли, потратила десять лет, на поездки по местам деятельности А. С. Грибоедова, на работу в российских, персидских и английских архивах и нашла некоторые детали, остававшиеся скрытыми до настоящего времени.
Эта книга делает неоценимый вклад в историю дипломатической борьбы России и Англии за Кавказ и Иран, и в то же время освещает жизнь и труды талантливого автора, одного из выдающихся представителей российского общества XIX в.Образцы сканов:
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In contrast to the official world of St Petersburg, centring around the court and government, pre-invasion Moscow had a reputation for informality and jollity. Its essence, in Byelinsky’s phrase, was a kind of ‘patriarchal domesticity’. Its leaders of society tended to be landowners, gossipy and sociable, their easy-going way of life supported by a substantial income from the country estates to which they would return from May to October each year. Its masculine headquarters was the English Club,23 a kind of Moscow Athenaeum or Brooks’s, which Griboyedov would have visited with his uncle.
Saltykov, a retired cavalry officer who had served in the Guards, and who from motives of pure patriotism had demanded the Tsar’s permission to raise a regiment at his own expense. He had originally intended to raise ten squadrons, but recruitment was slow, and most of the men, many of them serfs donated to the regiment by their owners, had no military experience. The Tsar had intended to strengthen the regiment by allocating 40 NCOs from the Nizhegorodsky, Narva and Borisoglebsky Dragoons, but as the regiments in question were hundreds of miles away, the order was changed, and only 12 NCOs could be spared from another cavalry squadron.
The active and dedicated role which the Tsar had played in the French campaign of 1814, his magnanimity of spirit in setting the liberal tone for the Russian occupation of Paris, the generosity of his announcement to the French Senate that all French prisoners-of-war in Russia were to be released, were tributes to Alexander’s lofty principles and enlightened outlook. Such indeed seemed the noble and heroic figure to whom Griboyedov and his generation – the generation of 1812 – looked for the salvation of Russia.