First edition cover.
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||704 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||978-0-7126-2466-4 (first edition, hardback)|
The narrative spans 1,800 years of Russian history. The families that provide the focus for the story are the Bobrovs, Romanovs, Karpenkos, Suvorins and Popovs. The five families span the main ethnic groups and social levels of the society in this northern empire.
Historical characters encountered through the narrative include Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible and his secret police, the westernizing Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the Bolsheviks of the twentieth century.
The stories of different characters in those families use actual stories of different Russian families. For example, the peasant family that joins the nobility, because of its business, is based on the Stroganovs. The nobleman who is a friend of Ivan IV of Russia and asks his territory to be part of the Oprichnina is also based on a member of the Stroganovs but at a different period.
- 1991, UK, Century (ISBN 978-0-7126-2466-4), July 1991, hardback (First edition)
- 1991, USA, Crown Pub (ISBN 978-0517580486), ? September 1991, hardback
- 1992, UK, Arrow Books (ISBN 978-0099635208), June 1992, paperback
- 2005, USA, Ballantine Books (ISBN 978-0345479358), March 2005, paperback
- "Paperback Best Sellers: December 20, 1992". NYTimes online. 1992-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- Rutherfurd, Edward (July 1991). Russka (1st ed.). London: Century. ISBN 978-0-7126-2466-4.
- "Edward Rutherfurd books". Edward Rutherfurd official site. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
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