Since a new translation of Gaito Gazdanov’s classic The Spectre of Alexander Wolf hit the shelves in 2013, readers have witnessed the revival and huge popularity of this long-neglected author. Born in 1903 and emigrating to Paris after the traumas of the Revolution and Civil War, Gazdanov carved an impressive literary career for himself during the turbulent interwar years, despite the privations and hardships of life abroad. Alongside illustrious compatriots in exile including the likes of Vladimir Nabokov and Ivan Bunin, Gazdanov wrote many novels and short stories drawn from Russian émigré life. Yet for their Russianness, his works are marked by the crossing of many borders, making him truly an international writer.

This audio recording is in English.