Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tales of the Romanov Empire

Please join me in congratulating Tamar Anolic on the publication of her newest book, Tales of the Romanov Empire: A Novel in Short Stories! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

Stories you've never heard about the Romanovs...

Tales of the Romanov Empire is a novel in short stories that examines one of history’s most successful dynasties. The Romanovs were Russia’s absolute monarchs from 1613 until 1917. Yet, beyond the glittering wealth and tragic love story of Nicholas and Alexandra, much of the dynasty remains shrouded in mystery.

Tales of The Romanov Empire sheds light on the Romanovs’ unknown figures, from the election of Mikhail Feodorovich, the first Romanov tsar, to the bride shows that were staged to help Tsar Alexei find a wife. Grand Duke Konstantin, the Romanovs’ famous poet, comes to life as he and his favorite cousin, Grand Duke Sergei, examine their ideals and their sexuality in a world that is hostile to them. All the while, as the empire’s Jews struggle amidst the Romanovs’ pogroms, many make the decision to flee to the freedom of the United States--these stories in particular are based on the author’s own family history.

This novel contains stories of war, stories of personal gifts and choices bent to an autocratic ideal. In their telling, the vast human cost of absolute power--on both the oppressors and on the oppressed--becomes clear.

Tales of the Romanov Empire is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Tamar's website for more information on her books and magazine articles.

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