Penguin, 1951, Softcover, Book Condition: Very Good, Reprint
translation by Gilbert Gardiner; The story revolves around Elena, a girl with a very affected mother and a father who is a retired guards lieutenant and keeps a mistress. On the eve of the Crimean War, Elena is pursued by a free-spirited sculptor (Shubin) and an uptight student (Berzeniev). But when Berzeniev's dashing Bulgarian friend Insarov meets Elena, they soon fall in love. Secretly marrying the Bulgarian revolutionary, Elena invites the ire of her parents, who had hoped to marry her to a more respectable suitor. Insarov falls ill, but partly recovers. On the outbreak of the war, Insarov's call home only complicates matters further. Insarov returns with Elena to Bulgaria, but dies on the way in Venice. Elena is never heard of again. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 234 pages. number 1214 written in ink on last page of publisher's adverts;. Spine browned with age. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. no Dust Jacket as published.. Edges badly foxed and browned. Black titles spine. C143c Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Literature & Literary; Classics; Russian Literature; Penguin Classics; Russia; Fiction. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2591.