After the Romanovs
by Helen Rappaport
Books > History
The extraordinary lives of Russian exiles in Paris between the wars
The scintillating story of the Russian aristocrats, artists, and intellectuals who sought refuge in interwar Paris.
The fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917 forced thousands of Russians to flee their homeland with only the clothes on their backs. Many came to France’s glittering capital, Paris. Former princes drove taxicabs, while their wives found work in the fashion houses.
Intellectuals, artists, poets, philosophers, and writers eked out a living at menial jobs; some found success until the economic downturn of the 1930s hit. In exile, White Russians sought to overthrow the Bolshevik regime from afar, and double agents plotted from both sides. Many Russians became trapped in a cycle of poverty and their all-consuming homesickness.
This is their story.