The Spectre of Alexander Wolf (2020)

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf Gaito Gazdanov The Spectre of Alexander Wolf Among all my recollections among all the numberless sensations of life the memory of the one murder that I had committed weighed heaviest on my mind On a searing hot day in a young Russian sol
  • Title: The Spectre of Alexander Wolf
  • Author: Gaito Gazdanov
  • ISBN: 9781782270089
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
The Spectre of Alexander Wolf Gaito Gazdanov Among all my recollections, among all the numberless sensations of life, the memory of the one murder that I had committed weighed heaviest on my mind On a searing hot day in 1919, a young Russian soldier shoots another in self defence As the other man lies dying, the young soldier takes his horse and rides away Years later, as a grown man in Paris whose life is sti Among all my recollections, among all the numberless sensations of life, the memory of the one murder that I had committed weighed heaviest on my mind On a searing hot day in 1919, a young Russian soldier shoots another in self defence As the other man lies dying, the young soldier takes his horse and rides away Years later, as a grown man in Paris whose life is still haunted by the murder he committed all that time ago, he comes across a story by a writer calling himself Alexander Wolf , which recounts in astonishing detail the events of that day in 1919 from the dying victim s point of view As he attempts to find the elusive writer, the narrator becomes involved in a series of strange encounters that lead him to question life, death and his own identity.Originally published in Russian in 1947 8 in the Russian language New York periodical The New Review, and published now by Pushkin Press in its first new English translation since 1950, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is an early postmodern classic that stands alongside the best work by Vladimir Nabokov and Paul Auster.
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  1. ·Karen·

    First a bit of biography Gaito Gazdanov was born Georgi Ivanovich Gazdanov in 1903 in St Petersburg, unoriginal start of Ossetian extraction is that relevant to anything Ossetia is an ethnolinguistic region that straddles the border between Russia and Georgia, a geographical situation that has led to all sorts of shiftings and conflicts It is currently seeking greater autonomy and independence lose that altogether, you sound like a teacher, and anyway people can google Ossetia if they really wan [...]

  2. Vit Babenco

    Of all Gaito Gazdanov s magnificent oeuvre The Spectre of Alexander Wolf was the novel that has surprised me most, I would even say that I was literally stricken by this unusual book fraught with some enigmatic tinge of magical realism.I thought about how Wolf had become and not so much Wolf personally as the very thought of him the involuntary personification of everything dead and sad that existed in my life This was supplemented by an awareness of my own guilt I felt like a murderer standing [...]

  3. Susan

    Once again, Pushkin Press have rediscovered yet another fantastic novel for us to enjoy This slim book was written by Russian emigre Gaito Gazdanov Georgi Ivanovich Gazdanov, 1903 1971 Like the narrator of this story, Gazdanov fought in the Russian Civil War for the White Army, meaning, of course, that his work was not published in Russia until after the collapse of communism Again, like the narrator, Gazdanov found himself in Paris, where he suffered a great deal of poverty and worked in many d [...]

  4. Sophie

    Gazdanov s prose is definitely my cup of tea, I m looking forward to reading of his work.This novella is a mixture of detective novels, philosophical essays and romantic stories, that strongly resembles Poe s work of fiction, some would argue that it s also reminiscent of Proust s novels as well.

  5. Xenia Germeni

    Beneath me lay my corpse with the arrow in my temple E.A.Poe , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .145 , , , , , , , alter ego Highlights .

  6. Vishy

    I discovered Gaito Gazdanov s The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by a fortunate accident I liked the storyline and got it and read it The story told in the book goes like this The narrator of the story is a Russian living in Paris This is some years after the Russian Civil War is over and the communist government has come to power in Russia in the early part of the twentieth century The narrator reads a book by an English writer called Alexander Wolf In that book there is a story which is set during [...]

  7. Myriam

    In een kort essay achteraan deze roman gaat Rosemarie Tietze op zoek naar Het fantoom van Gajto Gazdanov , de haast vergeten hoewel door Maxim Gorki een groot, oorspronkelijk talent genoemde Russische schrijver die zoals zovele van zijn landgenoten tijdens de 20ste eeuw het grootste deel van zijn leven in exil doorbracht Met name in Parijs, waar hij begin jaren 20 van de vorige eeuw terechtkwam, zelf amper 20 jaar oud Dat verklaart gedeeltelijk waarom hij in de vergetelheid sukkelde de oudere ge [...]

  8. Liviu

    Technically a 2013 release as a new translation in various languages personally I read the Romanian language edition and browsed the Pushkin English language one but actually originally published in 1947 8, The Specter of Alexander Wolf is an astounding gem of a short novel haunting from the first paragraph and with three extraordinary characters that stand out and whose intertwined fate makes for a page turning experience as you want to find out what happens next.The novel is also a meditation [...]

  9. Stacia

    The opening is strong pulled me right in But, the rambling narrative soon veered into other territories, not always well or smoothly connected Some thoughts were fascinating intellectual or philosophical musings, but they lost their punch because they were buried among some longer, less interesting episodes of the book The ending felt contrived Perhaps the older translation I read is not as good as the recent release by Pushkin Press The uneven tone relegates what could have been great firmly i [...]

  10. Bookaholic

    Povestea misteriosului scriitor Gaito Gazdanov, despre n am auzit p n acum, se poate rezuma n c teva r nduri este un scriitor de origine ossetian , n scut la Sankt Petersburg n 1903, crescut n Siberia i n Ucraina gra ie meseriei de p durar a tat lui , refugiat la Paris n 1920 i decedat, din pricina cancerului de pl m ni, n M nchen n 1971 Iat ce personaj c l tor, nestatornic, a fost autorul nostru Unde mai pui c , n to i anii ace tia, a f cut chestii dintre cele mai diverse pentru a se ntre ine, [...]

  11. Parrish Lantern

    The Spectre of Alexander Wolf starts with the narrator describing his memory of the day he murdered a stranger He also goes on to say that this act has haunted him every passing day since that moment, and also that despite this fact, he could not have done anything different.This event told by the narrator, happened during the Russian Civil War where he describes himself as a young soldier in southern Russia After two and half days without sleep he becomes separated from the rest of his troop He [...]

  12. Inge Vermeire

    Soms begint een boek hier dus Het fantoom van Alexander Wolf met de perfecte zin Van al mijn herinneringen, van die eindeloze reeks ervaringen uit mijn leven, is de pijnlijkste de herinnering aan de enige moord die ik heb begaan Het boekje is een zogenaamd herontdekt meesterwerkje Het fantoom van Alexander Wolf is een soort detectiveroman maar ook veel meer dan dat Het is een korte roman, geschreven in ballingschap in Parijs, maar die toch duidelijk haar wortels heeft in de Russische literatuurt [...]

  13. Woflmao

    I can t really make up my mind on what to think about this book.It is certainly well written and well translated The plot starts out very interesting, but it loses itself somewhat in a lengthy romance and musing on the inner life of the narrator Too many coincidences were needed to drive the plot forward, and on the last few pages, a wholly new subplot is introduce which serves only the purpose of facilitating the final scene The plot is also very predictable, even though this is certainly inten [...]

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