Isolde

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Author(s): Irena Odoevtseva
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2019
Product Number: EB00754600
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781782274780
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
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Description

The first English translation of a pioneering Russian writer: a hypnotically dark classic of love, deceit and wayward youth in Paris Left to her own devices in Biarritz, fourteen-year-old Russian Liza meets an older English boy, Cromwell, on a beach. He thinks he has found a magical, romantic beauty and insists upon calling her Isolde; she is taken with his Buick and ability to pay for dinner and champagne. Disaffected and restless, Liza, her brother Nikolai and her boyfriend Andrei enjoy Cromwell's company in restaurants and jazz bars after he follows Liza back to Paris--until his mother stops giving him money. When the siblings' own mother abandons them to follow a lover to Nice, the group falls deeper into its haze of alcohol, and their darker drives begin to take over. First published in 1929, Isolde is a startlingly fresh, disturbing portrait of a lost generation of Russian exiles by Irina Odoevtseva, a major Russian writer who has never before appeared in English.

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