The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia

 
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Voltaire’s interest in Peter the Great was first aroused in 1717, when, as a young man of twenty-two, he saw the Russian monarch strolling informally in the streets of Paris. ‘Neither he nor I,’ recalled Voltaire years later, ‘had any idea that I should one day be his historian.’ The personality and achievements of the Tsar continued to exert a growing fascination on Voltaire. In 1731, he portrayed Peter as the chief antagonist in his History of Charles XII. With time and reflection, indeed, Voltaire came to see him as a figure of far deeper historical significance than the romantic, but essentially unconstructive King of Sweden.

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Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) (1694--1778) was one of the key thinkers of the European Enlightenment. Of his many works, "Candide" remains the most popular.
Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for "Six Early Stories "by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for "The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-three New Stories." Widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel, he also translated Gogol's "Taras Bulba" and Tolstoy's "The Cossacks "for the Modern Library. His translations of fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications, including "The New Yorker, Harper's," and "Paris Review. "He lives in New York City.

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