Isolde Irina Odoevtseva
The first English translation of a pioneering Russian writer: a hypnotically dark classic of love, deceit and wayward youth in Paris
Disaffected and restless, teenage siblings Liza and Nikolai are left to their own devices in Biarritz by their distant mother. When an English boy, Cromwell, sees Liza alone on a beach, he imagines her to be the romantic beauty Isolde. Infatuated, he falls in with their group of Russian émigrés, bankrolling their escapist pleasures of nightlife, champagne dinners and dancing in jazz bars.
Though dazzled, Liza feels a growing sense of isolation and anxiety as the youths’ world closes in on itself and their darker drives begin to stir. Haunted by feverish memories of Russia, she joins a plot to return to the homeland she hardly remembers.
Deemed scandalous on first publication for its unflinching depiction of nascent sexuality and wayward adolescence, Isolde is a startlingly fresh, disturbing portrait of a lost generation of Russian exiles, now in English for the first time