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<h2>The extraordinary story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves who fled America to build a life in Tsarist Russia. </h2><p>'A fascinating tale' <b>Anne Applebaum</b> <br />
'Thoroughly enjoyable' <b><i>Spectator</i></b> <br />
'Extraordinary and gripping' <b>Adam Hochschild</b></p><p>After the brutal death of his father when he was a teenager, Frederick Thomas fled the stifling racism of the American South and headed for New York City, where he worked as a valet and trained as a singer. Through charisma and cunning, Thomas emigrated to Europe, where his acquired skills as a multilingual maitre d'hôtel allowed him to travel from London to Monte Carlo before settling in Moscow in the glorious days before the 1917 Revolution. There Thomas became a rich and respected nightclub impresario, opening a lavish nightclub called Maxim.</p><p>With evocative backdrops in Moscow and later in Odessa and Constantinople, where Thomas rebuilt his life after the revolution, <i>The Black Russian</i> is an inspiring story of personal reinvention set in one of history's richest periods.</p>

ISBN
9781804549865
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Non Fiction
Published
Pages
336
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<p>The story of Frederick Thomas, a black man born to former slaves in Mississippi who became a rich and successful nightclub owner in two European capitals.</p>

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'A fascinating tale of culture clash and historical change'

Anne Applebaum

'Like Thomas's midnight cabarets, it provides a thoroughly enjoyable display'

Spectator

'Vladimir Alexandrov manages his narrative superbly'

TLS

'Enthralling... The author is to be congratulated for shining a light on this extremely interested, sometimes inspiring and sometimes tragic life'

Bookbag

'An extraordinary and gripping book'

Adam Hochschild

'The ride of a lifetime'

John Bailey

'An extraordinary story interpreted with great sensitivity'

New York Review of Books

'Vaults breathlessly from set-piece to set-piece. Evocative, compelling, throughly enjoyable'

Spectator

'A tale so colourful it reads more like a novel than biography. Endlessly fascinating'

Literary Review

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ISBN
9781781855188
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eBook
Title
The Black Russian
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6.99
ISBN
9781781855195
Format
Hardback
Title
The Black Russian
Price_Amount
17.99
ISBN
9781781855201
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Trade Paperback
Title
The Black Russian
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14.99
ISBN
9781781855218
Format
Trade Paperback
Title
The Black Russian
Price_Amount
9.99
ISBN
9781804549865
Format
Paperback
Title
The Black Russian
Price_Amount
10.99
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HBLW
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<p>Narrative non-fiction with the pull of a novel.</p>

<p>Brings a lost piece of history to life.</p>

<p>Author is a distinguished scholar of Russian culture at Yale University.</p>

<p>MARKET: Giles Milton; Ben Macintyre; Adam Hochschild; Anne Applebaum.</p>

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129
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Measure Y
198
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