You wrote Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History and you also translated your great-great uncle’s memoirs.What are the memoirs about?
Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary is my English translation (with annotations) of the French memoirs of my great-great uncle, Aron Simanovitch, who was secretary and friend to Rasputin for a decade. His perspective is also unique because he was one of a small percentage of Jews permitted to live outside the Pale of Settlement that most Jews were confined to. He lends an up-close, affectionate and intimate view of Rasputin whom he depicts as a threat to the nobility due to Rasputin’s progressive and egalitarian opinions on social and economic reform, which rendered him a convenient scapegoat for all of Russia’s ills. Simanovitch’s discourse is interspersed with much of the gossip, plots and intrigues of Petersburg society at the start of the twentieth century.
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“Rasputin: The Memoirs of his Secretary” by Aron Simanovitch is now available on Kindle and is annotated and in English for the first time.
The paperback edition will be available in about a week on Amazon.
Here is the Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CX3EUWG#_
Listen to the podcast interview at http://ntslive.co.uk/lucifer-over-london-2013-05-02/
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening and Valuable Counter-Portrait of Rasputin 4 Sep 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different View on Rasputin, February 18, 2013
I am a lover of historical books and readings, and particularly enjoy eastern European history. My earlier readings that touched on Rasputin painted quite a different picture of him. This book made him a believable person with some enduring human qualities, not the madman of prior history books and historical fiction. If we are to believe these writings, we see a kind, humane Rasputin who disliked intently the persecution of the Jews in Russia and who had strong religious beliefs. The author offers enough sources to read further if one wants to check the veracity of his own writings. I am eager to research more, but I, like so many others, find myself reading more of the books on my “bucket list of books.” Hopefully, some day I can do this. Rasputin was a character not easy to forget and so enjoyable about which to read.