Vsevolod Solovyov

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Vsevolod Solovyov

Vsevolod Sergeyevich Solovyov (Russian: Всеволод Серге́евич Соловьёв; January 13 [O.S. January 1] 1849 – November 2 [O.S. October 20] 1903) was a Russian historical novelist. His most famous work is Chronicle of Four Generations (five volumes, 1881–86), an account of the fictional Gorbatov family from the time of Catherine the Great to the mid-nineteenth century. Solovyov's "atmosphere of nostalgia for the vanished age of the nobility" helps explain his "posthumous popularity among Russian émigrés."[1]

Oldest son of the historian Sergei Solovyov and brother of the philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, Vsevolod turned to writing historical fiction in 1876 with Princess Ostrozhskaya. He visited Paris in 1884 where he met Blavatsky and mixed with other people in the Paris occult scene, such as Juliette Adam, Vera Jelikovsky, Blavatsky's sister, and Emilie de Morsier. By 1886 he had become a bitter and disillusioned enemy of the founder of theosophy.[2] He abandoned his plans to promote theosophy in Russia and denounced Blavatsky as a failed spy of the Okhrana. At the time he was intimately involved with Yuliana Glinka, who worked for Pyotr Rachkovsky, Paris head of the Okhrana.[citation needed]

Of his later novels, the best known are The Magi (1889) and The Great Rosicrucian (1890), dealing with mystics of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


  1. Dan Ungurianu, Plotting History: The Russian Historical Novel in the Imperial Age (Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2007: ISBN 0-299-22500-3), pp. 132, 284.
  2. Vsevolod Sergeevich Solov'ev, A Modern Priestess of Isis (London: Longmans & Co., 1895). Available as a free download [1]


  • Solovyov (Solovyoff), Vsevolod Sergyeevich, A Modern Priestess of Isis, London 1895.