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KUPRIN, Alexandr [and others].

Поединок [в] Сборникe Товарищества 'Знание' за 1905 год. Книга 6.

[The Duel [in] Almanach 'Znanie' for 1905. Book 6.]

Stock Code
83606
Skt. Peterburg, Montvid, 1905
£1,250

The novel describes the events leading up to the duel between young officer Romashkov and a higher ranked officer, due to Romashkov's affair with the latter's wife. The novel touches on several recurring themes of 19th and early 20th century Russian realist fiction. Namely, Kuprin highlights the stifling atmosphere of military life in provincial Russia, the fraught relationship between individual ideals and collective compromises, and ultimately the meaning and value of human life when confronted with the pettiness of everyday experiences. The Duel was highly praised by critics soon after its publication in 1905. During the same year of the publication, Russia lost the war to Japan, which made the majority of critics perceive Kuprin's work in this context due to its critique of Russian military ideals. Tolstoy commented 'I should better not have read it. Very hard'.

Alongside The Duel, the present volume holds prose by three celebrated Russian

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Description

First publication; 8vo (21 x 15 cm). Title, contents, 320 pp., [2] (Duel takes pp. 1-288); ink mark to title page, some marginalia. Contemporary half cloth binding over marbled boards, flat spine with gilt lettering; covers and hinges slightly rubbed.

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