Out of Childhood
Irina Odoevtzeva's coming of age novel among Russian emigres in Paris
First thus (first printing in the Crown Constables series). Hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with gilt decoration to spine. 20 × 13cm, viii + 252pp.
First published as Angel Smerti in 1927 (and as Angel of Death in English in 1930) this is a coming of age story of a Russian emigre teenager, Ljuka, who with surviving members of her family is making a new life in Paris. Donna Nachshen changed the title from Angel of Death (Azrail appears throughout the book) to Out of Childhood to signify the central young character's troubled times and displacement.
The book is illustrated with 6 full page plates and 28 smaller drawings within the text.
A rare copy. The book is in good condition. There is a slight lean to the spine, and some spotted foxing to the prelims but the contents are in good order.