Spectre of Alexander Wolf

By Gaito Gazdanov
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 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" "Extraordinarily good." -- "Literary Review" "A lost classic." -- "Sunday Telegraph" "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" "Elegantly eerie ... devastatingly atmospheric ... cool, wonderfully fraught." -- Eileen Battersby, "Irish Times" "A mesmerising work of literature." -- Antony Beevor "Quick-paced, taut prose ... rendered beautifully in Karetnyk's accomplished new translation" "Independent on Sunday" "A mystery ... multilayered ... this is an original at work." -- George Szirtes, "The Times" "Coincidence, fate, guilt, redemption, love, death and melodrama are thrillingly interwoven with irresistible style and elegance." -- "Daily Mail"



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ISBN: 9781782270720

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Publisher Pushkin Press
Publish date 08/19/2014
Pages 192
ISBN-13 9781782270720
ISBN-10 1782270728
Language English

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