Little Apple: A Novel

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Vittorin, a young Austrian officer, has just been released from a Russian POW camp toward the end of the Great War. In Vienna his family, his girlfriend, and his old job await him, but Vittorin can’t think of settling down until he has settled the score with the sadistic camp commander, Staff Captain Selyukov. Private obsession and political turmoil mix as Perutz leads his hero on a manhunt into the thick of the Russian civil war. In and out of prison, starving in the gutters of Moscow, thrown into revolutionary...
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Overview


Vittorin, a young Austrian officer, has just been released from a Russian POW camp toward the end of the Great War. In Vienna his family, his girlfriend, and his old job await him, but Vittorin can’t think of settling down until he has settled the score with the sadistic camp commander, Staff Captain Selyukov. Private obsession and political turmoil mix as Perutz leads his hero on a manhunt into the thick of the Russian civil war. In and out of prison, starving in the gutters of Moscow, thrown into revolutionary battle, Vittorin pursues his elusive quarry across postwar Europe. At each turn, he encounters only Fate’s joker, until, back in Vienna, Fate plays him the biggest joke of all.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
“A travels-in-hell Baedeker of revolutionary Russia.”
Boston Globe
“Suspenseful . . . Perutz’s gifts as a storyteller are in evidence.”
Los Angeles Times
“A fascinating novel, old-fashioned in the best sense in that it tells a tale, and truly modern in the way that the tale is told . . . First-rate.”
Washington Post Book World
“Perutz doesn’t miss a detail. . . . As masterful an observer of societies in crisis as he is a creator of absurdly tragic situations.”
Village Voice
“An elaborate and thoroughly perverse revenge fantasy . . . Perutz has gift for terse, breathless narrative.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611458459
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Perutz is the author of eleven novels that attracted the admiration of such writers as Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Italo Calvino, and Jorge Luis Borges. He was born in Prague in 1882 and lived in Vienna until the Nazi Anschluss, when he fled to Palestine. He returned to Austria in the fifties and died in 1957.

John Brownjohn is a distinguished translator from the German. He has won several awards for his work, including the Kurt and Helen Wolff Prize.

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