Ivan The Terrible

The name of the legendary Russian Tsar is a slight mistranslation: in Russian it is actually Ivan the Awesome, or 'the Dread'. The story of his reign, and of his bizarre psychology, forms the background to the 'Ivan' chapter of RUSSKA, in which he also makes a terrifying personal appearance.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Chaucer's cheerful prologue to his Canterbury Tales about April’s sweet showers was echoed grimly at the start of T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland : “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land . . .”




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