My Life for the Book: The Memoirs of a Russian Publisher Ivan D. Sytin

ISBN: 9780773540248

Published: June 11th 2012

Hardcover

236 pages


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My Life for the Book: The Memoirs of a Russian Publisher  by  Ivan D. Sytin

My Life for the Book: The Memoirs of a Russian Publisher by Ivan D. Sytin
June 11th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 236 pages | ISBN: 9780773540248 | 9.72 Mb

Available at long last, this volume is the posthumous memoir of a peasant from the depths of old Russia who rose to great wealth and influence as his countrys most successful publisher. Though never fully literate, Ivan Dmitrievich Sytin (1851-1934)MoreAvailable at long last, this volume is the posthumous memoir of a peasant from the depths of old Russia who rose to great wealth and influence as his countrys most successful publisher.

Though never fully literate, Ivan Dmitrievich Sytin (1851-1934) was a shrewd businessman who made millions by publishing books for all manner of readers. My Life for the Book makes available the full text of Sytins unpublished memoir, along with various writings by those who knew him. Through sharp and unremittingly ironic observations, Sytin describes with insight and amusement or dismay Tsarist Russias bureaucracy, the Orthodox Church, the Imperial court, and a number of the countrys most renowned writers, including Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, and journalist Vlas Doroshevich.

Sytins memoir, a tale of Great Russian society voiced by a parvenu, depicts a pre-Revolutionary Russia of small shops, churches, convents, deep religious faith, and flawed rulers. While the Revolution eventually deprived Sytin of all means to continuing publishing, his resilience and enterprise remain a lasting legacy.



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