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Rasputin The Man Behind The Myth: A Personal Memoir

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Here, for the first time, is the full story of Grigori Rasputin, the controversial 'Holy Man' of Russia, as told by his daughter Maria Rasputin.

Drawing on her first-hand knowledge, stories told to her by her father himself, and by her mother and sister, a recorded account of Rasputin's life by the family servant, Dunia (Rasputin's life-long friend, later mistress, and a s
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حنان طبق
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s amazing how contradicting are the stories told about Rasputin when you hear them from different people. This is the second book I read in sequence about that era in Russian history and the accounts of Rasputin told from his daughter Maria are very different from the ones told from Pierre Gilliard, the Duchesses French tutor. That’s why I consider memoirs to be the best way to know about a historical character. Much better than hearing from a historian.
Bernie Gourley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs and those interested in mysticism.
This was an impulse buy made at my local used bookshop. How could I not pick it up? There are few historic figures with as much swagger, and who are as steeped in mystique and myth, as Grigori Rasputin. This Russian mystic has been fictionalized as a villain by Disney and in the “Hell Boy” universe. If one knows anything about this holy man, it’s that he proved exceedingly hard to kill and that he is believed to have had great sway with the Tsar and his wife (i.e. the Tsarina) in large part owin ...more
Paul Mamani
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing
This book was the first one I´ve read in the life of Rasputin.
Very fascinating and full of mystery and suspense. Not many people got too much power in the last years of the Czars like him.
Gregory Rasputin was and even he´s a controversial character in the last years of Russian royal family. Many believed he was Satan personified. Other said even he slept with Alexander´s wife.

His life is very mysterious and weaved with intrigue and something hidden from the darkness of Siberia to scand
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Jessica Baumgartner
I find that I learn more from personal accounts much better than material written by historians. I do believe that maria Rasputin held her father in a favored light but it was enlightening to read about such a demonized figure from a positive aspect. Many of the details offered more insight to understanding the person behind the man.

This book is a treasure. Especially for Pagans/spiritualists who are seeking various sides of stories demonizing magic and mysticism.
Lorraine Montgomery
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in Russian history
Author Patte Barham, after a lot of research, and interviews with white Russians both in London and in Paris, has worked with Maria Rasputin to write a very clear picture of Maria's father, the controversial starets (a lay holy man) of the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Eighteen years old at the time of her father's death, Maria had spent the last 8 years of his life with him in Petrograd, observing the many devotees who lined up daily for the opportunity to see her father, to ask them for ...more
Dan Harvey
A surprisingly engaging book about the life of Rasputin through the eyes of his daughter, Maria. It is told in a simple style, but the man's remarkable life more than makes up for it in substance. It clearly comes across that Maria adores her father and sees his motivations as primarily good ones, and tends to gloss his less reputable actions and is uncritical of his supposed spiritual powers. If you are looking for a balanced historical document, this isn't it, but it is an interesting perspect ...more
Eugene Pustoshkin
Страшно удивлён уникальностью издания. Я думал это те изданные в 1970-х годах воспоминания Матрёны, на которые ссылается Э. Радзинский в своей книге о Григории Распутине. Оказалось, нет: издатель Захаров выкупил в 1999 году полные рукописи у пожелавшей остаться инкогнито женщины (как рукопись попала к этой женщине поясняется в предисловии издателя). Более и нечего говорить, ведь те, кто интересуется многогранным феноменом Распутина, приобретут книгу и так. Уже с первых строк книги видна её значи ...more
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Maria Rasputina, born Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina (March 27, 1898 – September 27, 1977), was the daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina. Only her mother and her father called her by the name “Maria”.

She emigrated to France after the October Revolution, and then to the U.S. There she worked as a dancer and then a tiger-trainer in a circus.

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