Diplomacy and Murder in Tehran: Alexander Griboyedov and Imperial Russia's Mission to the Shah of Persia

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When the Tehran mob broke into the Russian embassy and murdered its diplomats, one of the victims included the most brilliant and promising stars in the early 19th-century Russian literary and political firmament: Alexander Griboyedov. In this first biography of Griboyedov in English, Laurence Kelly paints a vivid picture of his remarkable literary and diplomatic gifts which were nevertheless overshadowed by tragedy. His book makes an invaluable contribution to the diplomatic history of Russia, the Caucasus, and Iran, while at the same time shedding much new light on the life and works of a writer and diplomat of considerable importance.

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In this first biography of Alexander Griboyedov in English, Laurence Kelly paints a vivid picture of a man of remarkable literary talent and diplomatic gifts that were nevertheless overshadowed by ill-fortune. Involved in the 1825 Decembrist plot to overthrow the Tsarist state and the mission to further Russia's expansionist agenda in the Caucasus, the famous writer was eventually murdered by zealous mobs in Tehran. This book makes an invaluable contribution to the diplomatic history of Russia, the Caucasus and Iran and celebrates the life and works of a writer who was among ninteenth-century Russia's most respected and prominent writers.

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Laurence Kelly is the author of a biography of Lermontov.

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