"Futility" is astounding, funny, and enchanting novel which mixes eccentric Russian sensibilities with eccentric British brains, both richly possessed by its author William Gerhardie (1895-1977).
The novel's narrator, Andrei Andreiech, an Englishmen of Russian upbringing, recounts his entanglements with the Bursanov family and his love for Nina, the second of three of three beautiful sisters. The Revolution destroys the family fortunes, but Nina's father still pins his hopes on his Northern goldmines, gathering dependents who trail him even to Siberia. Andrei also waits, hoping his love for Nina will bring happiness. It is Gerhardie's vivacity and lightness of tone in conducting these meaningful yet ludicrous tragedies of disappointment that marks "Futility" as one of the great neglected novels of the twentieth century.
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Preface by Edith Wharton vii
Intervening in Siberia