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Boarding-School Girl, the (1861) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

This tale of a young woman's not-so-sentimental education, set amid the lower provincial gentry of nineteenth-century Russia, introduces English-speaking readers to a Russian writer celebrated for her humorous and spirited prose style, lively imagination, and radical approach to the themes and intellectual trends of her day.

"The Boarding-School Girl" is the story of fifteen-year-old Lolenka, who encounters an exiled radical named Veretitsyn and soon after begins to question her education at a private girls' school. Under Veretitsyn's influence, Lolenka breaks with provincial tradition-failing her examinations and flouting an arranged marriage-and embarks upon a new life. When the novel rediscovers her eight years later in Petersburg, she is working as a translator and an artist, selling her own reproductions of famous paintings. A chance meeting with Veretitsyn at the Hermitage leads to a sobering reappraisal of her mentor's convictions.

First published in 1861, "The Boarding-School Girl" displays the spirit, candor, and invention that brought its author popular and critical acclaim. In this rare story of a woman's coming-of-age, wise analysis and attention to psychological detail provide an intriguing glimpse of Russian life in the nineteenth century.

Original title: Пансионерка [Pansionerka]
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionWomen's Fiction
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: The Boarding-School Girl

The Boarding-School Girl (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Karen Rosneck
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The Boarding-School Girl (January 25, 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Evanston, IL
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810117444
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 0.6
Pages: 154

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