Eagle of the Ninth in Russian

Another interesting cover of Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel, The Eagle of the Ninth caught my eye. It is a russian version, printed in 1990. This means that the book was printed one year before the fall of the Soviet Union. I wonder what this will have meant for young Russian readers, discovering Rosemary for the first time. The political undertones in the book might have been especially resonant. The book is full of beautiful illustrations. I can’t seem to find who they are drawn by. One image shows The body slave Esca, trapped in the fisher’s net at the Colosseum in Calleva.

Esca in the net

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