A masterpiece of 20th-century Russian exile literature,
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This review is from: The Spectre of Alexander Wolf (Kindle Edition)
Gaito Gazdanov is at last starting to earn the international recognition that his precise, elegantly mysterious prose deserves. He was not exactly unknown in his lifetime, but Soviet publishers were under orders to ignore him and western European and US critics thought Nabokov was a superior writer. In some ways that assessment is fair enough - but 'The Spectre of Alexander Wolf' is at least as good as anything Nabokov wrote. Full of piercing insights into fate, chance, love, death and other aspects of the human condition, it also works well as a mystery story with strange twists and turns.