Southern Adventure is the fifth volume of Konstantin Paustovsky's autobiography Story of a Life. In the earlier volumes he wrote of his childhood and schooldays, of the war years and of the Revolution. Southern Adventure describes life in the Caucasus in the early nineteen-twenties. The Soviet Regime was still extending its sway over the disintegrating territories of the former Russian Empire and had only just established itself in the republic of Abkhazia. The relative prosperity of this tiny state, its magnificent scenery, the far-farmed beauty of its inhabitants exercised a powerful appeal on Paustovsky; as a journalist, he managed to smuggle himself into the country, which refused entry to all and sundry in an effort to protect itself from the typhus epidemic raging outside its borders. With great perceptiveness he portrays the life of a society which still has room for prince and commissar, ancient codes of justice and Soviet law, traditional blood feuds and world war partisans. His is probably the only authentic first-hand account of that strange, southern world, little enough known at the time and which has since disappeared for ever.
Condition: Dust jacket slightly shelf worn. Some light foxing to foreedges, otherwise, every page is crisp, clean and readable with a good tight binding.