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A Double Life

A Double Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Pavlova, Karolina
Translated by Heldt, Barbara
Afterword by Green, Daniel

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An unsung classic of nineteenth-century Russian literature, Karolina Pavlova's A Double Life alternates prose and poetry to offer a wry picture of Russian aristocratic society and vivid dreams of escaping its strictures. Pavlova combines rich narrative prose that details balls, t...ea parties, and horseback rides with poetic interludes that depict her protagonist's inner world-and biting irony that pervades a seemingly romantic description of a young woman who has everything. A Double Life tells the story of Cecily, who is being trapped into marriage by her well-meaning mother; her best friend, Olga; and Olga's mother, who means to clear the way for a wealthier suitor for her own daughter by marrying off Cecily first. Cecily's privileged upbringing makes her oblivious to the havoc that is being wreaked around her. Only in the seclusion of her bedroom is her imagination freed: each day of deception is followed by a night of dreams described in soaring verse. Pavlova subtly speaks against the limitations placed on women and especially women writers, which translator Barbara Heldt highlights in a critical introduction. Among the greatest works of literature by a Russian woman writer, A Double Life is worthy of a central place in the Russian canon.
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ISBN 9780231190794
Released NZ 15 Jul 2019
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Russian Library
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ISBN-13 9780231190794
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Jul 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Pavlova, Karolina
Translated by Heldt, Barbara
Afterword by Green, Daniel
Series Russian Library
Category Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 893.713
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly