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An unsung vintage of nineteenth-century Russian literature, Karolina Pavlova’s A Double Life alternates prose and poetry to supply a wry photo of Russian aristocratic society and brilliant desires of escaping its strictures. Pavlova combines wealthy narrative prose that information balls, tea events, and horseback rides with poetic interludes that depict her protagonist’s internal world—and biting irony that pervades a doubtless romantic description of a tender lady who has everything.

A Double Life tells the tale of Cecily, who's being trapped into marriage by means of her well-meaning mom; her ally, Olga; and Olga’s mom, who ability to transparent the best way for a wealthier suitor for her personal daughter by way of marrying off Cecily first. Cecily’s privileged upbringing makes her oblivious to the havoc that's being wreaked round her. merely within the seclusion of her bed room is her mind's eye freed: on a daily basis of deception is by means of an evening of desires defined in hovering verse. Pavlova subtly speaks opposed to the constraints put on ladies and particularly ladies writers, which translator Barbara Heldt highlights in a serious creation. one of the maximum works of literature via a Russian lady author, A Double Life is useful of a imperative position within the Russian canon.

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