Neither Salvation nor Sausage

Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia (Russia in 1839)

by the Marquis de Custine, foreword by Daniel J. Boorstin, introduction by George F. Kennan
Russia in 1839 depicts Russia as it has never been portrayed before, or since. Through images that seem to be reflections in separate distorting mirrors, the Marquis de Custine almost involuntarily created a composite portrait of a backward Russia that was otherwise hidden from view to other visitors, although hardly …