The Cavalry Maiden

The Cavalry Maiden : Journals of a Russian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars

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"... sparkles with wit, intelligence and bold characterization." -Women's Review of Books"... a ripping yarn... admirable translation... sensitive introductory essay." -Times Literary Supplement"... a remarkable journal worthy of the attention of a wide audience." -Doris Grumbach, National Public RadioIn male guise, Nadezhda Durova served ten years in the Russian cavalry. The Cavalry Maiden is a lively narrative which appeals in our own time as a unique and gripping contribution to the literature of female experience.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 5 b&w photos
  • 0253205492
  • 9780253205490
  • 1,171,860

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'I have heard, ' said the tsar...'that you are not a man. Is that true?' In December 1807, Alexander I granted a commission to Nadezhda Durova who, in male guide, served nearly ten years in the Russian light cavalry during the Napoleonic wars. The Cavalry Maiden, a selection of the edited journals of her military service, first published in 1836 with Pushkin's encouragement, is a lively narrative Russian life on and off the battlefield in the Alexandrine era.show more

Table of contents

Translator's Introduction: Nadezhda Durova, Russia's Cavalry MaidenThe Cavalry Maiden"My Childhood Years"Notes of the Cavalry Maiden12345678910111213Appendix A: Documents Relating to Durova's Commission in the Mariupol' HussarsAppendix B: Hussar Poet Denis Davydov's Recorded Comments on DurovaSelective Bibliography of Works by and about Durova Indexshow more

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