The Buddha's Return

Gaito Gazdanov Bryan Karetnyk


The Buddha's Return

The Buddha's Return

  • Title: The Buddha's Return
  • Author: Gaito Gazdanov Bryan Karetnyk
  • ISBN: 9781782270591
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback



A noir mystery by the acclaimed modernist master Gaito Gazdanov, set in the Paris underworld I was continuously conscious of an unescapable, many dimensional, extraordinary unreality of my life A Russian migr studying in Paris during the interwar years suffers from curious fits, during which he experiences daydreams as if they were reality including visions of his ownA noir mystery by the acclaimed modernist master Gaito Gazdanov, set in the Paris underworld I was continuously conscious of an unescapable, many dimensional, extraordinary unreality of my life A Russian migr studying in Paris during the interwar years suffers from curious fits, during which he experiences daydreams as if they were reality including visions of his own death He one day encounters Sherbakov, a wealthy man whom he had briefly met two years earlier, when Sherbakov was a homeless destitute In the intervening years, through a twist of fate, Sherbakov has become a wealthy man, and the two soon become friends However, one day the student is arrested, and charged with his friend s vicious murder and the theft of a precious golden BuddhaBy turns Kafkaesque, lyrical, metaphysical and poignant, The Return of the Buddha marks the maturation of Gazdanov s philosophical investigation into the possibility of life lived freely and is every bit as thrilling and hypnotic as Gazdanov s famous earlier novel, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf.


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After the awesome Spectre of alexander Wolf which was a huge favorite of mine, i decided to look for anything by the author and of the 3 other books I managed to get so far in a language I can read, this was the only readable one as it is a sort of thriller with "metaphysical" overtones, though overall it is pretty banal and again whatever power it may have had at the time, did not endure and the book is not one that lives todaystill readable and a reasonable page turner that kept my interest, t [...]

pushkin press has another winner. and while the ending of this metephysical noir mystery slash book of paris/immigrant manners is a bit pat for the 218 page lead up (2 star, but the lead up 4) there are parts of story describing protag confronting all his dead (is he dead too? in the Central State, a wide-eyed view of his russia turned ussr [author fought for white russia when he was 16]) where there is an echo of voices and music that fades in, louder, then out, lighter and lighter, that is rea [...]

Dostoyevsky meets Camus yet another brilliant novel by the overlooked exilded Russian author Gaito Gazdanov.

An interesting mystery story focused on a Russian student in Paris who is prone to fits of uncontrollable daydreaming which are as if real, blurring the lines between reality and dream.A man is murdered and the student is charged with his murder - but did he do it?I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting read with a good pace and language. The characters were intriguing, and the genre can certainly be accurately described as noir.

Fantastic wee book. I'm starting to think Gazdanov could become one of my favourite authors

"stone troughs of uncertain origin"

Dislocation of a DreamThe book spoke to me first as a physical object: a beautifully bound paperback in a small squarish format, clearly printed and fitting beautifully into the hand. An attractive cover, with images of a golden Buddha, a half-naked woman, and a bridge in Paris. And short, only 220 smallish pages. I start with the facts because it is so difficult to describe the content. So here are a few more. Born in 1903, Gaito Gazdanov fought as a teenager against the Reds in the Russian Rev [...]

Totally inconsequential. There is a plot to this book, but its uneven pacing and jarring changes in tone make it hard to follow. To sum up: a Russian student pursuing a thesis on the Thirty Years' War in Paris gives alms to a Russian beggar. Some time later, he meets the man again, bombarded to great wealth through an inheritance. The 2 men become friends, to the extent that the older one names the student as his sole beneficiary in his will. When the old man is killed soon afterwards, the stude [...]

I didn't get on with this book at all. It’s the sort of writing that just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s fragmentary and discursive and the play on what’s real and what’s not simply gets on my nerves. I’ve seen this admittedly intriguing novel called a “metaphysical thriller” and an “existential meditation”, and Gazdanov himself called a modernist master. And that’s the trouble – I don’t enjoy too heavy a dose of modernism. Part dream, part detective story, part love story, [...]

An intriguing setup -- the protagonist is often overtaken by overwhelming extended hallucinations and the sensation of living other lives -- gives way to more ordinary love-triangle/murder/missing-artifact mechanics, fortunately well fleshed out with philosophical considerations. This is mainly a case of an interesting style and deeper content adorning a relatively ordinary story/structure, but it's singular and engaging enough to make me want to see out the author's other novel recently transla [...]

Slightly overwrought, and repetitive in some aspects, with the plot climax coming about 50 pages before the end of the novel. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the meditations of the student, and his dream-like visions that melt into the reality of the plot without distinctions is pleasantly jarring. Still, I think I shall find it rather forgettable, especially given the conventional ending.

Медлительная и размеренная, полная глубины, желания ждать, искать - и не предавать, в конце концов, этому слишком большого значения. И выходит так, что Гайто Газданов один из наиболее мне близких писателей.

Il ritorno del Budda è un romanzo che crea molti interrogativi sul potere che hanno i sentimenti di amore e amicizia nel plasmare le nostre azioni e la nostra identitàpiegodilibri/recensioni

Great book, one of the best ever.

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