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This rediscovered gem by a major, yet neglected, writer– here presented in a dazzling new translation– is an absorbing account of the final days of Czarist Russia.
An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life upon its own soldiers. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight a duel–over something he realizes is meaningless. As the novel hurtles toward a startling conclusion, it reveals itself to be a luminous depiction of the end of an era.