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William Alexander Gerhardie was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1895. As a young man he went to London and, when the First World War broke out, joined the army. He was first sent to Russia and later travelled the world before beginning to write. Futility (1922), his first novel, was sponsored by Katherine Mansfield, and other notable works of his include The Polyglots (1925) and Of Mortal Love (1936). Gerhardie's writing was acclaimed as an influence on many of his peers, including Anthony Powell, H. G. Wells, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Olivia Manning. He died in London in 1977.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1974. Paperback. Condition: Good. VINTAGE. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0002438574
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Book Description Penguin, London, 1974. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Reprint. softcover, 184 pages, small name on title flyleaf, some internal spotting, otherwise very good. box 13 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 65279
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1974. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Thus. vg clean copy. Seller Inventory # 015924
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Condition: Good. USED, GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, shows signs of shelfwear, note on FEP, 192 pages. This is the first novel by William Gerhardie, first published in 1922, and it was made famous by H. G. Wells, who described it as 'true, devastating - a wonderful book'.Based on Gerhardie's own experiences as a member of the British Military Mission to Siberia shortly after the October Revolution, Futility paints a picture of contemporary Russian society which deserves comparison with the writing of Chekhov. At the centre of the story is Nicolai Vasilievich, who trails across Russia in the wake of the British Mission in the perpetual and unrealistic hope of seeing his fortunes improve, even though they steadily deteriorate. In counterpoint to Nicolai's comic progression, Gerhardie tells the story of his narrator's hopeless love for Nina, the second of Nicolai's three bewitching adolescent daughters.'William Gerhardie is one of our immortals. He is our Gogol's Overcoat. We all came out of him.' Olivia Manning'He is a comic writer of genius . but his art is profoundly serious.' C. P. Snow. Seller Inventory # 13535
Book Description Harmondsworth 1974: Penguin, reissue, 183 (1) Seiten, Taschenbuch.- Einband mit Knicken, Kanten berieben/bestossen, Fleckchen, Besitzeintrag, Seite 25 lose, Bindung vorn unregelmässig, papierbedingte Seitenbräunung. -[ Standort Wimregal . HAA-9633 ISBN 140003916 m/' Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 119. Seller Inventory # 81003
Book Description Penguin 1974 Paperback, 1974. Condition: Good. 184 pages. Seller Inventory # 174817