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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia and author of Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar; and the bestselling Young Stalin, awarded the 2007 Costa Biography Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
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Author Simon Montefiore Discusses the Inspiration for His Novel Sashenka

In Sashenka, Montefiore takes readers from 1916 St. Petersburg to the present as a long-hidden secret comes to light.

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November 17, 2008

I have loved writing my novel Sashenka.  I have spent the last ten years writing history books on Russian rulers.   Each work was based on minute and colossal archival research in Russia:  first the biography of Prince Potemkin and Catherine the Great, and then two studies of Stalin: one on his life before the revolution  and the other a portrait of Stalin in power.  They were huge enterprises and I was lucky that I was able to find massive new amounts of material.  Throughout my researches, I was coming across fascinating fragments of people's lives that I was storing in my mind to... see more



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