The four volumes of Dumas' En Russie have been brought within the scope of a single volume in a first English translation by Alma Elizabeth Murch. With the vigor and exuberance reflected in his literary heroes, Dumas ""invaded"" Czarist Russia at a time when little was known on the Continent of this strange and distant land. His impressions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, his expedition to Finland and Astrakhan, his trip down the Volga, all filled with amusing sketches and entirely lacking in convention, elevate this travel-log to a unique plane and endow it with value and pertinence today. In the heart of his travels Dumas sought and found the unusual and often achieved ""a traveller's highest ambition"", encountering the unexpected. A sharp and erudite knowledge of Russian history and geography enhanced his appreciation of Russia, and historical anecdotes of serfdom, the Church, and Russian royalty are interspersed amidst his ""current"" observations. A pungent and vivid glimpse of a bygone era from a man unafraid to immerse himself deeply in experience.