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Gaito Gazdanov, 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 1920 onwards, he took on what jobs he could and during periods of unemployment slept on park benches or in the Métro. 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.
An interesting idea that does not fulfil its early promise. As the blurb says, a man finds a short story that describes the shooting of a soldier, and since he was the soldier... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Archy
Very clever plot but written in a beautiful, if old fashioned style and of its time. That means he uses 27 words when two will do. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susicd
Excellent short story. Looking for more in the Pushkin collection now! Hope they are as readable as this one.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Hall
I had high hopes for this novel but was ultimately disappointed . Whether because of translation or sense of disjointed plot and story I failed to connect with the narrator and was... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joey VanB
Gaito Gazdanov is at last starting to earn the international recognition that his precise, elegantly mysterious prose deserves. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tony Barber
Heard a review of this on Radio 2 and loved it! I got the Kindle edition for my Samsung S3 but I wish I had ordered it hard back as I would love to lend it out and have it on the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katie Henderson
THE SPECTRE OF ALEXANDER WOLF
By Gaito Gazdanov / Pushkin Press
Seduced by the exceptional visual and tactile quality of both design and paper I picked up this... Read more