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Isolde Reviews

Isolde by Irina Odoevtseva, Bryan Karetnyk (Translator), Irina Steinberg


Irina Odoevtseva, Bryan Karetnyk (Translator), Irina Steinberg

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1 review

Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781782274773
4 stars out of 5
Emily Rhodes
19 Jul 2019



This enthralling novel, translated into English for the first time, was originally published in Russian, in Paris in 1929 – a product of the remarkable flourishing of émigré culture in the French capital, where many Russians settled after fleeing the communist regime... The plot is powered by the opposing Freudian drives of sex and death, which push the story towards its tragic conclusion as Liza becomes embroiled in the dark machinations of others.