Articles by Daniel Levine

January 31, 2014

Chain of Fate: On Gaito Gazdanov’s The Spectre of Alexander Wolf 0

The question implicit in Gazdanov’s fascinating novel is whether such macabre determinism is self-perpetuated or inalterably woven into the fabric of our existence. Does believing we are doomed to die in a particular way bring about that very end — or do we believe it because we know in our prescient soul it’s the inexorable truth?