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Diplomacy and Murder in Tehran

Diplomacy and Murder in Tehran
Laurence Kelly

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When a Tehran mob broke into the Russian embassy and murdered all the diplomats there, the dead included one of the most brilliant and promising writers of 19th-century Russia. 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 ill-fortune. He narrowly escaped punishment for involvement with the 1825 Decembrist plot to overthrow the Tsarist state. After this he was despatched to Georgia and Iran, to further Russia's expansionist agenda in the Caucasus and beyond. But while in Tehran Griboyedov fell foul of the zealous mobs. This book makes an invaluable contribution to the diplomatic history of Russia, the Caucasus and Iran at the same time illuminating the life and works of a writer who was among 19th-century Russia's most respected and prominent writers.

Author Info

Laurence Kelly is the author of a distinguished biography of Lermontov. He has studied and lived in Russia.


'Kelly's highly readable and enjoyable book is the first biography in English of this intriguing figure.'
Jan Dalley, Financial Times'

Laurence Kelly, the prize-winning author of a life of Lermontov, has spent many years delving into Russian and Persian archives and found hitherto uncovered telling details. But he wears his meticulous scholarship lightly and tells a riveting tale that reads like a Russian novel'. Shusha Guppy Times, Higer Educational Supplement (THES)

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845111960
Publication Date: 24 Aug 2006
Number of Pages: 368
Height: 198
Width: 126
Illustrations: illustrations

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