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Cronin, Archibald

The Citadel. First Russian edition.

The Citadel. First Russian edition.

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Cronin, Archibald [The Citadel]. Tsitadel'

Translation by M. Abkina.  
Preface by O. Nemerovskaya.  
Book design by V. Zenkovich.
Illustrations by Yu. Petrov.

Leningrad, Khudozhestvennaya literatura, 1940.
8vo, frontispiece, 431, [1] pp., ill.

In publisher’s hardcover.
In good condition, lightly wear to edges and spine, bookstore’s stamp to back endpaper.

First Russian edition of 'The Citadel'. Third Cronin's book in Russian. One of 10 000 copies printed.

Cronin was among the few contemporary Scottish novelists whose works found publication in the USSR. His social-problem novels, particularly 'The Citadel' (1937), garnered widespread readership and were regarded as exemplars of both technical modernization and social criticism. 'To some extent, of course, the Citadel was simply useful anti-British propaganda: Britain's medical system as described by Cronin is the product of a decaying political and social system' (McKibbin R. Democracy and Political Culture: Studies in Modern British History. Oxford University press, 2019). Consequently, the novel left a significant impression on Soviet medical circles.
The first three of Cronin's books in Russian were translated by Mariya Abkina (1892-?), who was part of 'the Soviet school' of literary translation under the leadership of Ivan Kashkin. In 1941, her translation of 'The Citadel' was republished—a relatively rare occurrence for foreign books in the USSR.

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