Russian Gothic

Aleksandr Skorobogatov


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Old Street Publishing
7 May 2023
ISBN: 9781910400906

From the publisher

‘A great Russian novel… in the grand Russian tradition’ LE FIGARO

Years after the death of their beloved son, there is a knock at the door of Nikolai and Vera’s apartment. Introducing himself simply as ‘Sergeant Bertrand’, the unknown visitor triggers a precipitous journey into the depths of the human soul.
Hailed as an early masterpiece of post-Soviet literature, Russian Gothic is now available in English for the first time. Three decades after it was written, its complex portrait of grief, misogyny, violence – and love – is as fresh, shocking and relevant as ever.

‘A short and great novel about madness, in the tradition of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman
—Le Soir

‘A dark masterpiece of the absurd’

‘A Russian Edgar Allan Poe… sublime and breathtaking’

‘A great Russian novel… in the grand Russian tradition’
—Le Figaro

'Heart-rending realism and brutality'
—Nouvel Observateur