The Spectre of Alexander Wolf



➮ [Ebook] ➩ The Spectre of Alexander Wolf By Gaito Gazdanov ➺ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 soldier Among all my recollections, among all the of Alexander eBook ↠ numberless sensations of life, The Spectre Epub / the memory of the one murder that I had committed weighed heaviest Spectre of Alexander PDF/EPUB Ã on my mind On a searing hot day in , 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 infrom 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 identityoriginally published in Russian in in the Russian language New York periodical The New Review, and published now by Pushkin Press in its first new English translation since , The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is an early postmodern classic that stands alongside the best work by Vladimir Nabokov and Paul Auster.The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

Gaito Gazdanov Russian Ossetian was of Alexander eBook ↠ a Russian migr writer The Spectre Epub / of Ossetian extraction He was born in Saint Petersburg but was brought Spectre of Alexander PDF/EPUB Ã up in Siberia and Ukraine, where his father worked as a forester He took part in the Russian Civil War on the side of Wrangel s White Army In he left Russia and settled in Paris, where he was employed in the Renault factories Gazdanov s first novel An Evening with Claire won accolades from Maxim Gorky and Vladislav Khodasevich, who noted his indebtedness to Marcel Proust On the strength of his first short stories, Gazdanov was decried by critics as one of the most gifted writers to begin his career in emigration Gazdanov s mature work was produced after World War II His mastery of criminal plots and understanding of psychological detail are in full evidence in his two most popular novels, The Specter of Alexander Wolf and The Return of the Buddha, whose English translations appeared in and The writer excels in creating characters and plots in which cynicism and despair remain in precarious yet convincing balance with a courageous acceptance of life and even a certain joie de vivre In , Gazdanov joined the Radio Liberty, where he hosted a program about Russian literature until his death.

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    The Spectre of Alexander Wolf ePUB Þ Spectre of 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 infrom 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 identityoriginally published in Russian in in the Russian language New York periodical The New Review, and published now by Pushkin Press in its first new English translation since , 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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  • 192 pages
  • The Spectre of Alexander Wolf
  • Gaito Gazdanov
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  • 05 September 2017
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  1. says:

    First a bit of biography Gaito Gazdanov was born Georgi Ivanovich Gazdanov in 1903 in St Petersburg,unoriginal startof Ossetian extractionis that relevant to anythingOssetia 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 independencelose that altogether, you sound like a teacher, and anyway people can google Ossetia if they First a bit of biography Gaito Gazdanov was born Georgi Ivanovich Gazdanov in 1903 in St Petersburg,unoriginal startof Ossetian extractionis that relevant to anythingOssetia 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 independencelose that altogether, you sound like a teacher, and anyway people can google Ossetia if they really want toAccording to Pushkin Press s author page, and Harvard magazine Gazdanov joined Wrangel s White Army when he was just sixteen and fought in the Civil War until 1920 He then escaped to Paris where he had a variety of pretty unfulfilling jobs, working as a docker, or in a car factory, sometimes sleeping rough Eventually he found the time to write by working nights as a taxi driver His stories appeared in Russian migr literary journals, where he also wrote enthusiastic reviews of his contemporary, Vladimir Sirin and yes, that is Nabokov His work pre WW2 garnered comparisons with Proust, post WW2 with Camus.Since 1989 and the collapse of Communism, formerly banned migr writers have finally been made available to the audience they wrote for Since then, some 50 works by Gazdanov have appeared in Russia, although so far not many have been translatedbetter, succinct at least Don t bore the audience Why the biography Well, I was curious myself Reviews are wildly complementary mesmerising a work of great potency , and here is a writer I ve never even heard of, how can that be What hubris, as if my knowledge of Russian writers was exhaustive Assuming I m not the only one never to have heard the name, how does it happen that a writer can disappear like that, into obscurity Well, for one thing, he lived in France but wrote in Russian he did learn French, indeed to perfection, but unlike Nabokov, he didn t change language to write, but became un crivain fran ais de langue russe Thus, a small readership Critical acclaim yes, but low sales, and further proscribed by Communist Russia And of course his biography informs his writing, even if we re never to assume that a writer is mirroring his own experience one to one An outsider with a traumatic past, living through the turmoil of war and revolution, scrabbling to make a living, it should come as no surprise that Gazdanov tackles The Big Themes.The review at long last Among all my recollections, among all the numberless sensations of my life, the memory of the lone murder I had committed weighed heaviest on my mind. An intriguing start, for the narrator is no hard boiled gangster, as we recognize at once, this murder weighs heavy, there was never a day when he did not regret it, although it was an act of self defence, in wartime The circumstances are depicted, lucidly, with a surety of step and a tight pace in just six pages There were only two men death for one, life for the other.Several years later in Paris the narrator picks up, quite casually, a collection of short stories by an English writer whose name he had not heard before He enjoys the first two stories for the resilient, unerring rhythm of the narrative and for his individual way of observing things, quite different from any other but the third story startles him, as it is an exact picture of that fateful day when he shot the man on the magnificent white stallion, correct in every detail He can only assume that the writer is the white faced stranger whom he had shot.It would be cruel to give awayof the plot Tautly constructed, the story moves swiftly from the macabre to the metaphysical and ends with a twist of gangster movie, like a shot of vodka in the cocktail It seems almost in danger of losing momentum at one stage, but then there is a ratching up of the tension to bring all but the most flea like concentration back to attention One central incident describes a boxing match, the perfect symbol of the combative debate between the narrator and his putative victim each of them has been through this existential trauma, each of them believing that they were responsible for the death of another man, the only difference is that Alexander Wolf nearly died himself Maybe that is the explanation for his icy cynicism but then is the narrator responsible for that too And what role does chance and fate play in life The spectre of Alexander Wolf one central question remains at the heart of this captivating work is he a spectre or is he real The novel is short, just 189 pages, but it certainly carries as much weight with it as any that is four times as long I read it through in one sitting, and then went straight back to read it again It is one that has lodged itself inside, a creeping irritation under the skin More than the sum of its parts, far it took you a while to get into your stride, perhaps you should start with the review, and put the biographical info afterwards, what do you think

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    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 sta 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 beside the body of his victim, shocked by the crime he has just committed And although I was no murderer and Wolf was no corpse, I couldn t distance myself from this notion What am I really guilty of I asked myself Despite supposing that any court would acquit me a military court, because killing is the law and purpose of war a civil court, because I d acted in self defence something eternally onerous remained in all this I never meant to kill him I saw him for the first time only a moment before I fired Why, then, did the very thought of him comprise such unshakable regret, such insurmountable sorrow We all live surrounded by the ghosts and apparitions of our past and sometime these spectres rise and start haunting us

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    Gaito Gazdabov was a Russian writer born in Ossetia who enlisted in the White Army when he was just 16, and afterwards made it to Europe where he lived until his dead in 1971 For most of his life he lived in Paris, working as a taxi driver during the night, and attending classes at the Sorbonne during the day Although his stories were published in several magazines, and in spite of being admired by Maxim Gorky, Gazdanov is not on the prestigious group of Great Russian writers from the 20th cen Gaito Gazdabov was a Russian writer born in Ossetia who enlisted in the White Army when he was just 16, and afterwards made it to Europe where he lived until his dead in 1971 For most of his life he lived in Paris, working as a taxi driver during the night, and attending classes at the Sorbonne during the day Although his stories were published in several magazines, and in spite of being admired by Maxim Gorky, Gazdanov is not on the prestigious group of Great Russian writers from the 20th century A part of it might be ideological he clearly wasn t a revolutionary writer, and he preferred European obscurity to head on opposition to the Communist Regime Nonetheless, his talent is undeniable This book, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf, tells the tale of two men who were in the war together albeit in opposite sides One day they meet and try to kill each other One of them succeeds Decades later, in Paris, the survivor reads a book in which this episode is told in such detail that it could only have been written by the man he thought he had killed I found this premise very intriguing and, although I did not enjoy some of the choices Gazdanov made, I understand why they re there Perhaps the strongest aspect of this novel, however, is the reflection on the nature of death These musings find themselves nicely tied to the plot of the story, and do not exist simply as a kind of intellectual pat in the back Recommended as Gazdanov definitely deservesfans

  4. says:

    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 m 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 different jobs including as a cab driver before becoming a part of the 1920 s literary scene.At the beginning of this book, our narrator explains how his whole life he has had a flashback of killing a man in that war He was only sixteen when he was faced with a man on a beautiful white horse, who was about to kill him Our narrator shot him first and left him lying there as he rode away on his horse This so called murder , muses the narrator, marked the beginning of his independence Now working as a journalist in Paris, he comes across a book of short stories one day In the volume, by Alexander Wolf, is a story recounting that day, down to the smallest detail In fact, the narrator surmises that only the man he killed could have written it and begins a search for the elusive author.This is a haunting novel of war, the emigre experience, love, fate and inter twined lives It will take you through 1920 s Paris, London and is beautifully written I am so glad Pushkin have republished this novel and can only wonder what other long forgotten gems they are going to come up with

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    Gazdanov s prose is definitely my cup of tea, I m looking forward to readingof 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.

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    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 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 the Russian Civil War This story talks about how two soldiers fought on the opposite sides of the war and one of them killed the other The narrator is stunned Because this actually happened And he knows it because he did the killing And there were no witnesses The narrator realizes that the soldier he thought he had killed, is probably still alive And that soldier must be the writer of this story, Alexander Wolf So, our narrator goes in search of this elusive Alexander Wolf What happens after that forms the rest of the story The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is a beautiful story It grabbed my attention from the first page and refused to let go But it is not a conventional thriller It is a meditation on life and death, love and loss There are long beautiful passages throughout the book If Dostoevsky wrote a thriller, this is how it would look like The author of the book, Gaito Gazdanov seems to have lived a fascinating life After fighting for the White Army in the Russian Civil War, he moved to Paris, did odd jobs, finally became a taxi driver at night and wrote during the day He is as Russian as they come and the long philosophical passages in the book are a tribute to Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol and other Russian masters There are also beautiful passages on boxing in the story and the depiction of one of my favourite characters in the story, Yelena Nikolayevna, is so perceptive, layered, insightful and beautiful This book is one of my favourite exciting discoveries in recent times Discovering a new Russian writer from the golden era is always an exciting event I wishof Gazdanov s works are in print I would love to read them I will leave you with one of my favourite passages from the bookIt began with my being attracted to two opposing things in equal measure on the one hand there was the history of art and culture, reading, to which I devoted much time, and a predilection for abstract problems on the other, so excessive a love for sport and everything to do with the purely physical, muscular, animal worldthe discrepancy and sharp contradiction so characteristic of my life became all theglaring as it continued It was to be found between what I felt inwardly drawn towards and what I so vainly struggled against the tumultuous and sensual root of my existence It interfered with everything, it obscured those meditative faculties I valued above all else, it wouldn t allow me to see things as I ought to have seen them, distorting them in its crude yet indomitable refractions, and it compelled me to perform a number of deeds that I invariably came to regret later on It induced me to like things whose aesthetic insignificance I knew full well, things clearly in poor taste, yet the strength of my attraction to them could only compare with the simultaneous disgust I inexplicably felt towards them Have you read The Spectre of Alexander Wolf What do you think about it

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    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 medita 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 on life and death andgenerally on fate with memorable vignettes of people who escaped seemingly hopeless situations in wars only to die in almost silly unexpected ways The book is also a memorable love story, and the tale of obsession and danger despite its philosophical bent, it has quite a lot of action and a superb ending which is predictable if you read a lot of twisty sff for example, but it is still very well doneThe premise is explained very well in the blurb above, but the thread that links the narrator with Alexander Sasha Wolf, both Russian exiles whose encounter in the civil war was so defining for them, is even stronger and twistier than expected.Throw in Elena, a Russian born young widow of an American engineer, attractive and who loves men but has a distant soul and whom the narrator tries to understand after they are physically attracted from a first chance encounter, and the novel gets its extra dimension that raised it to a huge favorite and made me start looking for everything this previously unknown to me writer has written and has been translated in any language I can read Highly, highly recommended

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    The nameless narrator is haunted by the memory of a man he murdered in battle, as a 16 year old, a commonplace and senseless wartime killing, no one s fault For years after he is haunted by these images, until one day when living in Paris, he comes a short story by an English author, Alexander Wolf, which is an exact replica of the murder, from the perspective of the person he killed Written in 1947 there is a degree of autobiographical memoir about Gazdonov s novel, having fought in the Civil The nameless narrator is haunted by the memory of a man he murdered in battle, as a 16 year old, a commonplace and senseless wartime killing, no one s fault For years after he is haunted by these images, until one day when living in Paris, he comes a short story by an English author, Alexander Wolf, which is an exact replica of the murder, from the perspective of the person he killed Written in 1947 there is a degree of autobiographical memoir about Gazdonov s novel, having fought in the Civil War at 16, being evacuated to Gallipoli, before living in Paris The writing conjures vivid images of war, and a bloody boxing match, although is at its best when the mystery is gradually unravelled on the streets and in the cafes of 1920s MontmartrePushkin Pressdo have a knack of finding these sort of forgotten masterpieces and making them seem like exciting new releases

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    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 therecent release by Pushkin Press The uneven tone relegates what could have been gr 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 therecent release by Pushkin Press The uneven tone relegates what could have been great firmly into good territory instead

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