Notes of a Descendent of Noble Forefathers
Baron A.A. Delwig
It is indeed a notable event in literature and historiography when the nineteenth century memoirs of a Russian nobleman from a distinguished family are published in New York in the 21st century. This first ever publication of Baron Anatoly Aleksandrovich Delwig is of great importance for the following three reasons:
Notes of a Descendent of Noble Forefathers is a social and historical bridge between Tsarist Russia during a period of industrial and political upheaval and reforms written by a student of history. Second, it illuminates the adaptations of Russian intellectuals to the Soviet realities in cities beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg. And the final distinction is very personal – the author’s uncle, Anatoly Delwig, was the closest friend of A.S. Pushkin during their formative years at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.
It is amazing that this manuscript, which not only survived but also continuously remained in the Delwig family’s possession, has now become a unique eyewitness ledger of historic events – especially by an expert of finance during the Soviet experimentation with NEP, collectivization and industrialization of Russia. This book will be of value to all new generations of students, historians and lovers of Russian literature.