Marquis de Custine  

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Astolphe-Louis-Léonor, Marquis de Custine (18 March 1790 – 25 September 1857) was a French aristocrat and writer who is best known for his travel writing, in particular his account of his visit to Russia, La Russie en 1839. This work documents not only Custine's travels through the Russian Empire, but also the social fabric, economy and way of life during the reign of Nicholas I.

Marquis de Custine is featured in the 2002 film Russian Ark. His conversations with the time-travelling narrator are intended to reflect Russia's continued struggle to search for its own identity and define its relations vis-à-vis Europe.


  • Aloys ou le Religieux du mont Saint-Bernard, 1829
  • Mémoires et voyages, ou lettres écrites à diverses époques, pendant des courses en Suisse, en Calabre, en Angleterre et en Écosse, Paris, 1830
  • Béatrix Cenci, théatre, 1833
  • Le Monde comme il est, 1835
  • L’Espagne sous Ferdinand VII, 1838
  • Ethel, 1839
  • La Russie en 1839, 1843
  • Romuald ou la Vocation, 1848
  • Lettres au marquis de la Grange (date de parution inconnue), publiés en 1925 par M. de Luppé
  • Souvenirs et portraits (date de parution inconnue), publiés en 1956 par P. de Lacretelle

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