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"It's as if the roman policier has been filtered through Dostoevsky... a finely wrought novel, tense and enigmatic, just waiting to be discovered by a filmmaker ... The narrator relates his tale in gorgeously cadenced long sentences ... like those of Proust ... Gazdanov owes a debt from the grave to his translator Bryan Karetnyk" TLS

"A mesmerising work of literature" Antony Beevor

"This is 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 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" The Times

"Quick-paced, taut prose ... rendered beautifully in Karetnyk's accomplished new translation" Ivan Juritz, Independent on Sunday

Elegantly eerie ... devastatingly atmospheric ... cool, wonderfully fraught" Eileen Battersby The Irish Times

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.

"A lost classic" Sunday Telegraph

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We decadent Westerners, who are finally allowed to read Gazdanov ... love his contemporary narratory style because it's now action, now reflection, and at the end there is always a perfect, but uncontrived, solution as in an HBO-series. ... Gazdanov teaches us with each line of his beautiful, sad, ambivalent prose that always drifts into the essayistic to love our beautiful, broken, neurotic lives.--Maxim Biller, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

How each of us forms his memories is the theme of this novel. Rarely has one read about it as elegantly, as deeply and despite everything so comfortingly as here.--Tilman Spreckelsen, Frankfurter Allgemeine

A stroke of luck for the reader ... a novel which, on few pages, in scenes which one cannot quickly forget, deals with forlornness, enjoyment, distraction, with love, death and coincidence all that, which makes the human life beautiful and unbearable ... Already it's a favourite book.--Jens Bisky, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Fantastic, clever, precise and so thrilling, and at the same time modern in a cool way ... The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is a novel which can change your life. If you're prepared for the trip.--Georg Diez, Kultur SPIEGEL

One hasn't read such a humanely fine and moving novel about the great twentieth-century Ice Age of the Soul in a long time.--Iris Radisch, Zeit

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf becomes a study of the soul in the zone of death, written with a fine criminological sense, churning us up, gripping, exciting. --Andreas Puff-Trojan, Die Welt
Of course, you sense yourself that you are very talented. And I want to add that you are talented in your own, very special way. I can say this with some justification, because I have read not only An Evening with Claire, but also some of your short stories. --Maxim Gorki, letter to Gazdanov, February 1930

What saved Gazdanov as a person was Gazdanov the writer, who in his art transformed the unbearable reality of his life, his time and the society in which he lived not into a falsified, tacky image or into a philistine dream of a wonderful life, but into a metaphysical scream, which, because of its intensity and its sincerity, sounds into the deepest reaches of the human soul and moves and satisfies us through the power of its expression. In this sense Gazdanov s artistic style grants the wonderful life the shape of reality, of life, as it should be and as it only exists in art. --Laszlo Dienes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"A lost classic" Sunday Telegraph

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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.

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