Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 978-1-61219-103-4 (1-61219-103-7)
Pub Date: October 2, 2012
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A new translation of the hilarious picaresque about a man with an indomitable spirit
The Enchanted Wanderer is a Russian Candide with a revolutionary edge, a picaresque that features a fast-talking monk named Ivan who is at war, it seems, with every level of society. Working as a carriage man for a Count, Ivan accidentally causes the death of a monk, which leads to his being ostracized by the local peasantry . . . until the dead monk returns as a ghost to guide him through trouble upon trouble.
Nikolai Leskov (1831–1895) was one of Russia’s greatest writers. Anton Chekhov considered him his “teacher,” and Tolstoy hailed his courageous, anti-nihilist writing. Among his best-known works is Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Ian Dreiblatt translated Leo Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilych for the Art of the Novella series.
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