An unsung vintage of nineteenth-century Russian literature, Karolina Pavlova’s A Double Life alternates prose and poetry to provide a wry photo of Russian aristocratic society and vibrant 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 girl who has everything.

A Double Life tells the tale of Cecily, who's being trapped into marriage via her well-meaning mom; her ally, Olga; and Olga’s mom, who capacity to transparent the way in which 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. simply 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 girls and particularly girls writers, which translator Barbara Heldt highlights in a serious advent. one of the maximum works of literature by way of a Russian lady author, A Double Life is invaluable of a imperative position within the Russian canon.

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