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Enchantments - A novel of Rasputin's daughter and the Romanovs

Kathryn Harrison

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK From Kathryn Harrison, one of America's most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia's Romanov Empire. St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family-including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal. Two months after Masha arrives at the palace, the tsar is forced to abdicate, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha grieve the loss of their former lives, finding solace in each other's company. To escape the confinement of the palace, they tell stories-some embellished and some entirely imagined-about Nikolay and Alexandra's courtship, Rasputin's many exploits, and the wild and wonderful country on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In the worlds of their imagination, the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close at hand. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Kathryn Harrison's signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart. From the Hardcover edition.

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK From Kathryn Harrison, one of America's most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia's Romanov Empire. St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family-including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal. Two months after Masha arrives at the palace, the tsar is forced to abdicate, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha grieve the loss of their former lives, finding solace in each other's company. To escape the confinement of the palace, they tell stories-some embellished and some entirely imagined-about Nikolay and Alexandra's courtship, Rasputin's many exploits, and the wild and wonderful country on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In the worlds of their imagination, the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close at hand. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Kathryn Harrison's signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart. From the Hardcover edition.
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK From Kathryn Harrison, one of America's most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia's Romanov Empire. St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family-including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal. Two months after Masha arrives at the palace, the tsar is forced to abdicate, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha grieve the loss of their former lives, finding solace in each other's company. To escape the confinement of the palace, they tell stories-some embellished and some entirely imagined-about Nikolay and Alexandra's courtship, Rasputin's many exploits, and the wild and wonderful country on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In the worlds of their imagination, the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close at hand. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Kathryn Harrison's signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julia Emelin, Rustam Kasymov

Length:

11h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:46


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:37


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:32


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:34


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:52


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:13


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:15


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:55


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:56


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:56


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:32


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:45


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:18


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:38


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:11


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:41


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:36


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

00:35