Book Review: The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov

The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth by Steven Usitalo received an excellent review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. LVI, Nos. 1-2, March-June 2014. Reviewer Marina Swoboda (McGill University) writes: “With his book, Usitalo has proven that it is possible to write in an original way about an old topic and make it exciting and relevant. The author not only deconstructs and obliterates the old myth, but retraces the true story of Lomonosov, the scientist. . . . With this book Usitalo advances not just our understanding of Lomonosov, but opens the window to a larger study of the role of myth-making in the development of national consciousness.”