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The Czar s Madman Even in the Baltic province of Estonia ruled with an iron hand by Russia s Czar Alexander I the new notions of liberty and freedom wafting across Europe had not been silenced by Napoleon s defeat It

  • Title: The Czar's Madman
  • Author: Jaan Kross George Kurman
  • ISBN: 9780002711814
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Czar's Madman By Jaan Kross George Kurman, Even in the Baltic province of Estonia, ruled with an iron hand by Russia s Czar Alexander I, the new notions of liberty and freedom wafting across Europe had not been silenced by Napoleon s defeat It was the fall of 1813, and Colonel Timotheus von Bock, a Baltic nobleman and favorite of the czar, had returned from the battlefields of Europe a hero, convinced that new andEven in the Baltic province of Estonia, ruled with an iron hand by Russia s Czar Alexander I, the new notions of liberty and freedom wafting across Europe had not been silenced by Napoleon s defeat It was the fall of 1813, and Colonel Timotheus von Bock, a Baltic nobleman and favorite of the czar, had returned from the battlefields of Europe a hero, convinced that new and better ways were coming, and determined to play his part in bringing them about He first scandalized his fellow aristocrats by spurning a far appropriate marriage in order to wed a peasant s daughter Then he committed an even grievous infraction Having sworn an oath to his sovereign always to tell him the truth, von Bock sent the czar a memorandum condemning his tyrannical rule The reaction was prompt Von Bock was banished from his estate and imprisoned for nine years in the Schlusselburg fortress When Czar Alexander was succeeded by his brother Nicholas I, von Bock was released at last, and he returned to his impoverished estate and destitute wife His physical health had been shattered by his imprisonment no less than his mental stability Was he indeed the madman the czar certified him to be whose unstable mind had led him to his subversive ideas Or was he really a utopian revolutionary, a man of the highest moral principles Timo von Bock s story is the main thread in a richly worked tapestry evoking the world of nineteenth century Russia and its Baltic provinces a time of great turmoil that saw the birth of a new national awareness among the many peoples unwillingly held under the rule of the Russian crown Recounting this tale from the pages of history, Jaan Kross takes the reader intothe passions of a time and a country that foreshadow the tragedies of our own century, creating at the same time a powerful vision of human emotion honor and knavery, greed and sacrifice, love and desire.

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    1. Scritto nel 1978, quando ancora l Estonia apparteneva all Unione Sovietica, in una terra ricca di storia e ancora giocoforza ostile al potere centrale, questo romanzo storico, sorretto da rigorosa ricerca e analisi delle fonti, permette rianimando uomini e ideali di conoscere attraverso il caso particolare e il luogo specifico l identit di un popolo oppresso e mal governato La Livonia, regione ora integrata nei territori della Lettonia, governata dallo zar Alessandro I, agli inizi dell Ottocento [...]

    2. Here is a conclusion I have reached leaving the question of God aside, I certainly won t lose sleep over the fatherland I have seen what total devotion to it may entail Partial devotion to it may imply treason, but a true and total devotion to the fatherland, such as Timo s, would be sheer madness Or is there yet another alternative Or all possibilities in this world simply alternatives Even in the gently swaying separate world of the reeds at dusk The Czar s Madman is an historical novel with a [...]

    3. Kross is one of the better writers you ve never read An Estonian who I believe is still alive albeit ancient, he wrote his only two long works that have been translated into English this and Professor Marten s Departure under Soviet rule, managing to disguise a vicious and oftentimes funny critique of their authoritarian ways by writing about Estonians under the Tsar The Czar s Madman is about Timo von Bock, an actual Estonian nobleman, who has the gall to criticize the Tsar s authoritarian styl [...]

    4. I was prepared to give Kross the benefit of the doubt because I have a soft spot for Estonia It turns out there was no need This was dazzling, one of the best books I have ever read Timo von Bock whether he was truly mad or not is a man after my own heart, but with a thousand times the courage The book as a whole is a wonderfully readable mix of tragedy, comedy, historical commentary and the touching life stories of of beautifully drawn characters, and raises some challenging questions to boot K [...]

    5. A brilliant novel written as a diary Rich in 19th Century Estonian and Russian history Vivid descriptions of the Estonian landscape, and one of the most compelling novels I ve ever read No spoilers, just a recommendation anyone interested in Estonia who doesn t know of Jaan Kross, get this book Anyone who loves 19th Century Russian Lit, read this book for a very unique perspective Anyone who likes to read novels written in non standard narrative formats, this is one of the finest.

    6. la storia non si ferma mai e i sogni dei sognatori sono destinati a venir sognati di nuovo, ancora e ancora Una vicenda, tre differenti punti di vista Il primo quello del narratore, Jakob M ttich che il giorno in cui suo cognato, Tito van Brock, torna a casa dopo 9 anni di prigionia inizia a mettere per iscritto in un diario tutto ci che gli accaduto e di cui stato testimone per poter meglio comprendere eventi che appaiono oscuri Jakob tiene il diario dal 1827 al 1855 ma si dilunga anche sugli e [...]

    7. don t worry no spoilers hereFirst, let me say that I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction, and not what often passes for historical fiction i.e romantic novels set in an historical period The Czar s Madman is not an easy read and demands patience and thorough reading, so if you re looking for light historical fiction this isn t the book for you Otherwise, if, like myself, you enjoy fiction set during the Czarist period in Russia which lasted, actually, through 1917 , [...]

    8. Varem oli mu eesti kirjanduse lemmikuks Krossi Wikmani poisid , kuid Keisri hull letas selle taseme P ris uskumatu, et suurem osa sellest raamatust on t estis ndinud lugu ja Timotheus von Bock reaalselt saatis oma radikaalse manifesti Aleksander esimesele ning oli seet ttu vangis M ne lugeja jaoks on j nud k sitavaks, kas Bock on siis hull v i mitte Minu arust oli algusest peale selge, et ta on t ie m istuse juures geeniusest revolutsion r, kes on lihtsalt oma ajast v ga palju ees 19 sajandi alg [...]

    9. Mul tuli seda raamatut lugedes silme ette tohutult palju paralleele praegusest eestlaste sallimatuse laviinist Neid, kes on identifitseerinud end kosmopoliitsete liberaalidena, peetakse hulludeks T si k ll, mitte keisri, vaid suure osa hiskonna poolt hiskond, kes on ise vabanenud orjusest, mille protsessi kirjeldatakse Keisri hullus , tahab oma isiklike kannatuste orjusesse j tta k ik neist erinevad inimesed Kuigi raamat kirjeldavat ka 1970 aastate n ukogudevastast meelsust, ei saa neist paralle [...]

    10. Stiprs soci li filozofisks st sts par ide liem, principiem, svar go un nesvar go dz v S kotn ji varb t las j s l ni, bet iej toties atmosf r par gr matu varu teikt tikai pozit vu T da m g Minhauzena jeb donkihota t ma.

    11. 3.5Che tortura Ho impiegato quasi 2 mesi a leggere questo libro L infinito tempo di lettura influisce sicuramente sul giudizio che esprimo sul libro Purtroppo gli devo imputare l avermi fatta sprofondare nel mio orrendo blocco del lettore di agosto e la colpa sta nella bravura dell autore di avermi fatto odiare con tutta me stessa Jakob, l autore del diario.Comunque un libro pi che buono che mi riprometto di rileggere in futuro per dargli una migliore opportunit di lettura.

    12. The Czar s Madman is a historical novel set in the 19th century in Livonia now split between Estonia and Latvia , when the Baltic States had been invaded, enslaved and absorbed into the Russian Empire Jaan Kross lived through a time when Estonia was invaded by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet USSR His family were well off and German speaking, expected to side with the Nazis he did not He just managed to miss Germany s earlier occupation in WW1 by being born too late, and I do not know what his s [...]

    13. Un romanzo che si basa su fatti realmente accaduti e che ci trasporta in terre per lo pi sconosciute, nelle campagne estoni dei primi decenni dell 800 Una storia narrata in forma di diario, divisa in resoconti di vita quotidiana e in eventi di pi grande portata I paesi Baltici ancora sotto l egida zarista fanno da sfondo alle imprese di Timo Von Bock, uomo colto e coraggioso, pronto ad esprimere pareri rivoluzionari in onore della verit Piacevolissima lettura.

    14. Un diario, la storia di Timo von Bock, un tempo amico dello zar, ora accusato di alto tradimento e graziato perch sospetto di insanit L inseguimento di una verit che si cela nella Storia Ma, soprattutto, una narrativa magistrale, capace di ricreare le atmosfere dell Ottocento e il sapore della grande letteraturahenaenoctua2013

    15. Vede, io sono pazzo e di conseguenza posso dire la verit Kross il primo scrittore estone che mi capita di leggere In rete leggo che stato uno dei massimi esponenti della letteratura del suo paese ed stato un simbolo per i suoi compatrioti durante il regime sovietico Il pazzo dello zar un romanzo storico Il protagonista il barone Timo von Bock, personaggio realmente vissuto ed esponente di una delle pi importanti famiglie della nobilt tedesco baltica Il barone raggiunse un posto di ruolo nell ese [...]

    16. From time to time, as the mood strikes me, I enjoy reading the occasional historical novel 1 Since this particular novel was written by an Estonian and contains a great deal of historical context about the situation of Baltic Germans during the Tsarist period, as well as the early attempts by native Estonians to develop a national literary culture, I thought this would be a good novel to read in order to gain some understanding of the literary culture of Estonia in general, even if my inability [...]

    17. Jupp Eestimaa ajalugu on n d hulka v rvilisem Eriti hea, et l pus on v lja toodud, millised on t estatud faktid ja saab eristada, kust algab fiktsioon Siit jagub m tlemisainet pikemalt.Huvitav, et p eviku v ljam eldud autorist peavad tema mberkaudsed rohkem lugu kui tema ise Tal nagu puuduks usk enesesse, ja selle alalhoidlikkuse t ttu j vad paremad otsused tegemata Samas, t nases maailmas me olemegi oma valikutes palju vabamad ja p ris sama m dupuuga ei saa m ta.L bi selle p eviku s mpaatiat ik [...]

    18. De circa eerste 100 pagina s zijn magistraal en vormen, gesitueerd in het tsarenrijk van de vroege negentiende eeuw, een perfecte metafoor voor de democratiseringsdrang in Estland en de Sovjet Unie vanaf het einde van de jaren 1970 Na dit hoopgevende begin, dat meer dan 5 sterren waard is, bloedt het verhaal echter langzaamaan dood Ineens zijn het oninteressante beslommeringen en net zo saaie alledaagse dagboekkrabbels die de klok slaan Een teleurstellend plot na een fantastische intro.

    19. The Czar s Madman is a fascinating historical fiction about a man who truly stands up with the courage of his convictions The story is told through the eyes of Jakob, Timo s brother in law Jakob is both a participant and an observer in the strange happenings in his sister, Eeva and her husband Timo s lives The ethical heart of the novel is what constitutes duty is Timo right to sacrifice his own well being and that of his family to try to change society, or is duty to family paramount Timo Von B [...]

    20. The Livonian Baron, Timo van Bock, is a dunderheaded idealist who foolishly takes the Czar at his word of expecting to be told the truth not recognising that the Czar s truth and van Bock s truth may not be the same thing The result is that only a madman, a fool could be so idiotic to say what van Bock does this cannot be treason he s a madman but he must be isolated from those who do not recognise his views as those of a fool Van Bock disappears for nine years, bundled into the Imperial system, [...]

    21. This is a sweeping novel in the classic sense the sort of tale you can reread every ten years and each time find new insights There is intrigue, danger, excitement, love, betrayal It is not light reading but it is beautiful, emotionally powerful art and exhausting to read.Timotheus von Bock Timo is a nobleman, an officer, an intimate friend of the Czar and a dangerously modern thinker He believes that monarchs have responsibility to rule fairly, that corrupt governments are invalid and that all [...]

    22. Itse kertomus on kiinnostava Lis ksi j lkisanoissa selvi , ett suuri osa henkil ist ja tapahtumista on totta, detaljeja my ten On luottavainen olo, ett Kross hallitsee yksityiskohdat Kirja vilisee ranskan , saksan , viron ja ven j nkielisi tekstip tki Osan ymm rsin, monia en Harmillisesti huomasin vasta loppuun p sty ni, ett k nn kset l ytyiv t sielt Valitettavasti en kuitenkaan pit nyt muodosta, jossa tarina tarjoiltiin Kertomus on olevinaan keisarin hullun Timo von Bockin langon p iv kirja T m [...]

    23. Estonian nobleman Timotheus von Bock, friend and confidant of Tsar Alexander I, was an idealist Not only did he marry one of his peasants, but in 1818 he wrote a memorandum to the Tsar saying exactly what he thought of him Incarcerated in prison as a result, he was freed in 1827 on grounds of insanity but remained under surveillance Such is the historical background to Kross novel The Czar s Madman, which purports to be a journal kept by Jakob, the brother of Timo s wife An afterword explains ho [...]

    24. Raamat kujutab ht k rgemas aukraadis olevat ohvitseri, kes julges ette v tta sammu parandamaks Vene tsaaririigi olukorda Timotheus von Bock tahtis Venemaal panna aluse p hiseaduslikule riigikorrale Timotheus saatis oma manifesti keisrile enne selle avaldamist Maap eval Ta oli varem andnud tsaarile lubaduse talle alati t tt r kida ning ta kavatses seda teha ka n d Tsaar ei saanud selle manifesti avaldamist aga lubada, sest tagaj rjed oleks v inud keisrile endale saatuslikuks saada Timotheus von B [...]

    25. Although this story, in the form of a diary, counts as historical fiction, it is grounded in fact Jaan Kross constructed the novel according to actual records of events in a family of Estonian nobility The brother in law of the main character records the consequences of dissent in Imperial Russia in an account stretching from 1827 to 1836 The building up of fiction from records avoids the anachronistic injection of modern viewpoints into bygone eras Readers get a reliable picture of the values, [...]

    26. This historical novel, depicted through the journal entries of the Jakob Mattik, illustrates the complex, ubiquitous, insidious, and ultimately overwhelming power of an authoritarian regime to shape the lives and thoughts of individuals The grave penalty for speaking truth to power fearlessly and without remorse is a loss of freedom, family, and ultimately, all Illustrating the fate of those living in the shadow a great authoritarian power, this is a powerful story that sadly links directly with [...]

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