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The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gasdanov

No Comments 10 February 2014

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gasdanov

I am still high from reading this fantastic novel.  A week ago I started reading this deep story about life and death composed by Gaito Gazdanov in Russian.

I could not put it down even though I had plenty of distractions to keep me from it. Gazdanov learned from Marcel Proust, but I personally found it difficult to keep reading Proust because he is so slow and so long. Gazdanov keeps it shorts (the novel is 170 pages) and he moves forward all the while making detailed and insightful descriptions of our inner lives. For me Gazdanov is the true master not Proust. Unlike other Russian Émigré novelists in the 20th centuary such as Valdimir Nabokov, Gazdanov wrote all his books in Russian. The Spectre of Alexander Wolf published in Paris in 1947 where Gazdonav had lived since the Russian revolution and within a few years was published in several European languages. But this book as well as his other novels were never published in Russia during is lifetime (1903-1971). In the 1990s, he was rediscovered in Russia and became a celebrated author. Since then his entire work of 10 novels, short stories and diaries was made available in Russian. It is not difficult why the Russian reading public would fall in love with the work of this masterful writer. Go and get yourself a copy of The Spectre of Alexander Wolf. It comes with the Peter Murmann Money Back Guarantee. If you don’t like it, I will refund you the small price you paid to enter the world of Gaito Gazdanov.

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