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The Enchanted Wanderer

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Paperback published by Modern Library (Random House Publishing Group)

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A new translation of the hilarious picaresque about a man with an indomitable spirit
 
The Enchanted Wanderer is a Russian Candide with a revolutionary edge, a picaresque that features a fast-talking monk named Ivan who is at war, it seems, with every level of society. Working as a carriage man for a Count, Ivan accidentally causes the death of a monk, which leads to his being ostracized by the local peasantry . . . until the dead monk returns as a ghost to guide him through trouble upon trouble.
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A new translation of the hilarious picaresque about a man with an indomitable spirit
 
The Enchanted Wanderer is a Russian Candide with a revolutionary edge, a picaresque that features a fast-talking monk named Ivan who is at war, it seems, with every level of society. Working as a carriage man for a Count, Ivan accidentally causes the death of a monk, which leads to his being ostracized by the local peasantry . . . until the dead monk returns as a ghost to guide him through trouble upon trouble.
Product Details
Paperback (320 pages)
Published: January 14, 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780812966961
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  • Navegábamos por el lago Ládoga, desde la isla de Konevets hacia la de Valaam, y de camino tuvimos que detenernos, por un problema en el barco, en un atracadero próximo a Korela.

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