- Hélène du Coudray
Ship’s officer Charles Wilson arrives in Malta in the early 1920s,
leaving his wife and children behind in London. He befriends a
Russian émigré family and falls for their governess, the beautiful
Maria Ivanovna. The passionate intensity of his feelings propels him
into a course of action that promises to end in disaster.
First published in 1928, Another Country is beautifully written, its
prose is fresh and undated, and its themes of exile, love and betrayal
are just as relevant today.
'The descriptions of the refugee Russians agonisingly life-like; their eternal talk, their untidy helplessness, . . . their demands
for incessant pity, their conceit, and the streak of poetry that informs the meanest of them, have been admirably caught and observed' - The Times Literary Supplement, reviewing the first edition in 1928.
About the Author
Hélène du Coudray was born Hélène Héroys in Kiev in 1906 and spent her childhood in
St Petersburg. During the First World War she was exiled to Finland and Sweden, before coming to
England at the age of twelve.
Another Country, written while she was still a student, was awarded
the prize in an open competition to find the best novel by an undergraduate at Oxford or
Fluent in several languages, she finally settled in Geneva, where she worked as an
interpreter. She was the author of a major biography of Metternich, and published three other
novels, including The Witnesses, an epic study of the Russian Revolution.
Another Country was published on 16th October 2003