Book #58

Four Russian Short Stories by Gazdanov & Others


In these stories, four writers—all exiles from revolutionary Russia—explore four deaths in a world in which old certainties have crumbled.

I read these whilst in the midst of moving house, so I’m unsure whether the lack of connection to the prose was due to immense stress, or the texts themselves. I’m a strong lover of Russian literature, so I’ll lean towards the former.

Each exploring death, and each slightly odd in their own way, I felt a bit jarred, unable to comprehend, mercilessly floundering around in the narratives. Intriguing, but as though I were reading about dreams.

I’ll try this one again when I reach less turbulent times.