Gaito Gazdanov





Gaito Gazdanov

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born
in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
December 06, 1903

died
December 05, 1971

gender
male


About this author

Gaito Gazdanov (Russian: Гайто Газданов; Ossetian: Гæздæнты Бæппийы фырт Гайто) (1903–1971) was a Russian émigré writer of Ossetian extraction. He was born in Saint Petersburg but was brought 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 1920 he left Russia and settled in Paris, where he was employed in the Renault factories. Gazdanov's first novel — An Evening with Claire (1930) — 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.
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“Your gift for thinking interferes with you: without it, of course, you’d be happy.”
Gaito Gazdanov, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

“Aus dem Spiegel schaute mich ein Gesicht an; obgleich ich es zeit meines Lebens jeden Morgen sah, konnte ich mich immer noch nicht an seine ausgeprägte Hässlichkeit gewöhnen, wie ich mich auch nicht an den fremden und ungezähmten Blick meiner eigenen Augen gewöhnen konnte. Wenn ich über mich nachdachte, über Gefühle, die ich empfand, über Dinge, die ich, wie mir schien, besonders gut begriff, sah ich mich immer als etwas beinahe Abstraktes, denn die andere, visuelle Erinnerung war mir lästig und unangenehm. Die besten, lyrischsten oder schönsten Visionen verflüchtigten sich im Nu, sobald mir mein körperliches Erscheinungsbild in den Sinn kam - dermaßen krass war das Missverständnis zwischen ihm und der fiktiven und funkelnden Welt, die in meiner Phantasie erstanden war”
Gaito Gazdanov

“When I thought of myself, of the feelings I had, of the things I thought I understood so well, I imagined myself somehow abstractly, because that other visual recollection was painful and unpleasant for me. No sooner would I call to mind my physical appearance than the finest, most lyrical, wonderful visions would vanish in an instant - so monstrous was its disparity with the intangible, glittering world that existed in my imagination. It seemed to me that there could be no greater contrast than that between my inner life and my outward appearance; sometimes I even imagined that I was trapped in someone else's strange, almost hateful body.”
Gaito Gazdanov, Prizrak Aleksandra Volʹfa