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The true memoirs of Little K

Author: Adrienne Sharp
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Exiled in Paris, tiny, one-hundred-year-old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar's Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. Now, as she looks back on her tumultuous life, she can still recall every slight she ever suffered, every conquest she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Matilʹda Feliksovna Kshesinskai︠a︡; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; Matilʹda Feliksovna Kshesinskai︠a︡; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Sharp
ISBN: 9780374207304 0374207305
OCLC Number: 456171388
Description: 378 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Adrienne Sharp.
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"Exiled in Paris, tiny, one-hundred-year-old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar's Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. Now, as she looks back on her tumultuous life, she can still recall every slight she ever suffered, every conquest she ever made...Before the revolution, Kschessinska dominated that world as the greatest dancer of her age. At seventeen, her crisp, scything technique made her a star. So did her romance with the tsarevich Nicholas Romanov, soon to be Nicholas II. It was customary for grand dukes and sons of tsars to draw their mistresses from the ranks of the ballet, but it was not customary for them to fall in love. The affair could not endure: when Nicholas ascended to the throne as tsar, he was forced to give up his mistress, and Kschessinska turned for consolation to his cousins, two grand dukes with whom she formed an infamous ménage à trois. But when Nicholas's marriage to Alexandra wavered after she produced girl after girl, he came once again to visit his Little K. As the tsar's empire--one that once made up a third of the world--began its fatal crumble, Kschessinka's devotion to the imperial family would be tested in ways she could never have foreseen."--From book jacket.

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