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An Evening With Claire

Gaito Gazdanov

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0884-6
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Originally published in 1930, Gaito Gazdanov’s An Evening with Claire is a masterpiece of Russian émigré literature. Written when its author was just twenty-six—with the memories of his harsh years in the Russian civil war still hauntingly vivid in his mind—An Evening with Claire is a psychological novel that is both grand and introspective. Gazdanov’s fist novel is at once an intimate and sensual account of a young man’s coming-of-age, and a tribute to the shattered dreams of the early twentieth century. As Jodi Daynard writes in her marvelously informed introduction, An Evening with Claire “presented pre-revolutionary Russia and the cataclysmic events which destroyed it in a manner both real and wistful, unregretful yet tender.”

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"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." –The Guardian

"Written by a White Russian émigré in Paris . . . It provides a tantalizing mystery. Much more than a period piece, it is a mesmerizing work of literature.” —Antony Beevor

Gaito Gazdanov was born in St. Petersburg in 1903. He joined the White army at age sixteen and was exiled in Paris, after passing through Constantinople. Before becoming a writer acclaimed by the Russian émigré community in Paris, he worked on barges, trains, and in an automobile factory and was sometimes homeless. A member of the French Resistance during World War II, Gazdanov died in Munich in 1971.

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