The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
A Novel of the Last Tsar

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters)

Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family’s murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other.



 

About Robert Alexander

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ROBERT ALEXANDER has traveled to Russia for nearly thirty years. Born and raised in Chicago, Alexander now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Published January 27, 2003 by Penguin Books. 244 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Because as kitchen boy he regularly leaves the house and is too lowly to draw suspicion, Leonka becomes a courier between the Tsar and unknown allies outside the walls.

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Narrated by 94-year-old Mikhail Semyanov, a Russian immigrant now living outside Chicago, the novel travels back to the bloody days of the Russian revolution, when the entire royal family is imprisoned in Siberia, in a building known as the House of Special Purpose.

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Of course, she already knew what would happen to the Romanovs, but Alexander has crafted the story with such suspense that one reads this book in a state of suspended disbelief, hoping that the awful, bloody ending will unfold in a new light.

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The executions of Tsar Nicholas and Alexandra, along with their entire family --- four girls and a young boy --- make for both a sad read and a sad page in the history of Russia.

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The view from the Tsar's kitchenIn the turbulent early days of revolutionary Russia, Bolshevik agents herded the deposed Tsar Nicholai II, his family and aides into the basement of a Siberian house and executed them all in a blaze of gunfire.

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Leonka tells of his interactions with the family, how he was used as a courier to smuggle notes to and from the Tsar, and the family's preparations and anticipation for a promised rescue.

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