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Janet Todd, 8 December 1988

The Cavalry Maiden: Journals of a Female Russian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars 
by Nadezhda Durova, translated by Mary Fleming Zirin.
Angel, 242 pp., £12.95, May 1988, 0 946162 35 2
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Isabelle: The Life of Isabelle Eberhardt 
by Annette Kobak.
Chatto, 258 pp., £15, May 1988, 0 7011 2773 2
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by Isabelle Eberhardt, translated by Annette Kobak.
Hogarth, 160 pp., £4.95, May 1988, 0 7012 0823 6
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... culturally-aware young lady. The theatrical literary quality emerges clearly from the accounts of Nadezhda Durova, a soldier in the Russian wars against Napoleon, known after her initial sortie, by the Tsar at least, to be a woman, although she insisted she was unknown to others, and Isabelle Eberhardt, another Russian from Geneva, who dressed in male ...

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