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- DescriptionA superb early postmodern classic by one of Nabokov's fellow emigre writers, rediscovered after more than half a century A mesmerising work of literature Antony Beevor A work of great potency ...it punches very much above its weight, and I have a hunch that what's in it will stay with you for the rest of your life Nicholas Lezard, Guardian This is an original at work, that originality perceived as it were through a veil, as an intrigue, an enigma ...offering a perception of reality, of death and guilt and the effects of both George Szirtes, The Times Quick-paced, taut prose ...rendered beautifully in Karetnyk's accomplished new translation Ivan Juritz, Independent on Sunday A masterpiece of modern literature Die Zeit If Proust had been a Russian taxi driver in Paris in the 1930s... L'Express A man comes across a short story which recounts in minute detail his killing of a soldier, long ago-from the victim's point of view. It's a story that should t exist, and whose author can only be a dead man. So begins the strange quest for the elusive writer Alexander Wolf . A singular classic, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is a psychological thriller and existential inquiry into guilt and redemption, coincidence and fate, love and death. Gaito Gazdav, the son of a forester, joined Baron Wrangel's White Army aged just sixteen and fought in the Russian Civil War. Exiled in Paris from the 1920s onwards, he took on what jobs he could and during periods of unemployment slept on park benches or in the Metro. A job driving taxis at night eventually allowed him to attend lectures at the Sorbonne and write during the day; he soon became part of the literary scene, and was greatly acclaimed by Maxim Gorky, among others. He died in Munich in 1971.
- Author BiographyGaito Gazdanov (Georgi Ivanovich Gazdanov, 1903-1971) was the son of a forester. Born in St Petersburg and brought up in Siberia and Ukraine, he joined Baron Wrangel's White Army in 1919 aged just sixteen, and fought in the Russian Civil War until the Army's evacuation from the Krimea in 1920. After a brief sojourn in Gallipoli and Contantinople (where he completed secondary school), he moved to Paris, where he spent eight years variously working as a docker, washing locomotives, and in the Citroen factory. During periods of unemployment, he slept on park benches or in the Metro. In 1928, he became a taxi driver, working nights, which enabled him to write and to attend lectures at the Sorbonne during the day. His first stories began appearing in 1926, in Russian emigre periodicals, and he soon became part of the literary scene. In 1929 he published An Evening with Claire, which was acclaimed by, among others, Maxim Gorki and the great critic Vladislav Khodasevich. He died in Munich in 1971, and is buried in the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois near Paris.
- Author(s)Gaito Gazdanov
- PublisherPushkin Press
- Date of Publication20/06/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPushkin Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, frontispiece
- Weight181 g
- Width120 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byBryan Karetnyk
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