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The fountain of tears Stephanie de Montalk.

By: De Montalk, Stephanie, 1945-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Victoria University Press 2006Description: 240 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0864735316 (pbk.).Subject(s): Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 -- Fiction | Potocka, Maria -- Fiction | Tatars -- Fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | New Zealand fiction 21st century | Crimea (Ukraine) -- Fiction | Odesa (Ukraine) -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Fiction -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | New Zealand fiction.DDC classification: Fiction
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

An alternative view of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin's 600-line verse tale, "The Fountain at Bakhchisaray" comes to life in this spellbinding historical fiction novel. A tale of a Tatar khan's impossible lovenbsp;for a captive Polish countess in his Crimean harem is interwoven with stories from the life of the poet Pushkin in 1821, exploring links between distance, imagination, and memory. It follows the young Polish countess Maria Potocka through her abduction from her father's estate by Tatars during a slave raid, to her time languishing in the harem in the palace at Bakhchisaray, to her death before the Tatar khan could win her love. In his grief, the khan erects the Fountain of Tears, a monument to Maria that still stands.


Includes bibliographical references.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The Fountain of Tears: Bakhchisaray, Crimea, September 1752 Odessa, Southern Russia, 26 May 1821 (p. 11)
  • The Fountain at Bakhchisaray: A Tale of Tavrida: after Alexander Pushkin (p. 211)
  • Afterword (p. 233)
  • Map (p. 237)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 238)