From The Daily Beast: “With so much focus on the black experience in America in the 19th century, we might never consider the black experience in Europe at the same time. Vladimir Alexandrov’s The Black Russian rectifies this oversight, and does so with panache. His tale is the biography of an individual who is wholly remarkable, regardless of race, and whose vitality, guile, and charm led him from Mississippi to Moscow, with plenty of adventures along the way.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer loves THE BLACK RUSSIAN:
“Although Alexandrov constructed this vessel with sturdy timbers of historical research, it sails lightly on a swift narrative current that transports us from Reconstruction Mississippi to Memphis, New York City, London, Paris, Moscow and, finally, Constantinople. . . . Alexandrov excels at recreating the various worlds Thomas inhabited — from his restricted existence during Reconstruction to his glittering fast-lane life on the Continent.
. . . What [Thomas’] life illustrates, as Alexandrov skillfully and gracefully shows, is that when people are unshackled from slaveries – of whatever sort – freedom’s buoyancy can lift them to surprising heights, can offer miraculous views.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
THE BLACK RUSSIAN by Vladimir Alexandrov will be published by Grove Atlantic in March 2013. Booklist is enthralled. They are giving the book a starred review!
“Magnetizing and unforgettable…In his assiduously researched, prodigiously descriptive, fluently analytical, and altogether astonishing work of resurrection, Alexandrov provides uniquely focused accounts of racial struggles in America and decadence and bloodshed in Europe and Russia while insightfully and dynamically portraying a singular man.