DOUGLAS SMITH at Town Hall
Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE Series. One of the foremost Russian historians at work today, Seattle’s Douglas Smith this evening celebrates the publication of his newest book, the magnificent Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “In this monumental and soul-shaking biography, historian and translator Douglas Smith demystifies the figure of Grigory Rasputin . . . With a Dostoyevskian flair for noir and obsession, Smith exposes the base motivations behind Rasputin’s enemies . . . [and] expertly handles the intricacies of the salacious scandals that enveloped the empire in anti-Rasputin hysteria and that eerily presaged the fall of the Romanovs in 1917 . . . Smith’s depravity-laden history of turn-of-the-20th-century Russia hinges on his insightful readings of myth and motive, and their tragic consequences.” —Publishers Weekly. “This brilliantly written, meticulously researched account of the life of Rasputin is the best, most complete and accurate I have ever read. Step by step, day by day, week by week, Douglas Smith tells the story from its humble beginnings, through its obscene sexual chapters, to its violent end … Readers will begin by saying that this is an impossible story to believe. They will read on because, in Douglas Smith’s mesmerizing telling, it must be believed. And because it did happen.” —Robert K. Massie. $5 tickets are available at the door or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org (1.888.377.4510). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).