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While summering on the French Riviera, the young Seryozha secretly becomes the lover of the much older Liza - who is also his father's mistress. As autumn approaches, they reluctantly part: Liza to return to Paris, Seryozha to take up his studies at university in London. When he finds out about their affair, Seryozha's father attempts to convince Liza to leave his son, for the sake of the boy's own happiness. She finally gives in - but a sudden, fatal catastrophe changes everything...Gazdanov's second novel is proof of his wide-ranging talents: written before his celebrated noir experimentsThe Spectre of Alexander Wolf and The Buddha's Return, The Flightis a lyrical 'chamber play' in prose. Mixing psychological drama, illicit romance and moments of both comedy and pathos, it is a modernist take on the traditional Russian nineteenth-century realist novel epitomised by Tolstoy - with distinct echoes of Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Number of Pages: 286
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Pushkin Collection
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Gaito Gazdanov
Street Date: April 26, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-2676
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