The Spectre of Alexander Wolf ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Gaito Gazdanov

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

Pushkin Press
Publication date: June 2013
ISBN: 9781782270362
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“Of all my memories, of all my life’s innumerable sensations, the most onerous was that of the single murder I had committed.”

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 not 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.

“A masterpiece of modern literature” Die Zeit

“If Proust had been a Russian taxi driver in Paris in the 1930s ” L’Express

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.

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