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Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824

 
 
 
 
Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824
Author: Aleksandr Nikitenko - Helen Saltz Jacobson
ISBN 13: 9780300097160
ISBN 10: 300097166
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $28.00
 
 

Aleksandr Nikitenko, born into Russian serfdom in 1804, almost miraculously gained his freedom as a young man, thirty-seven years before serfdom was abolished in the Russian Empire. His compelling autobiography -- here translated into English for the first time -- is one of the very few ever written by an ex-serf. Nikitenko describes the tragedy, despair, unpredictability, and astounding luck of his youth, bringing to life as never before the experience of a serf in nineteenth-century Russia.

James C. Scott

A rare and powerful document. Nikitenko s memoir should take its place next to the very best ex-slave narratives and those of untouchables in India.