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Michael Hofmann, 29 June 2023

The Story of a Life 
by Konstantin Paustovsky, translated by Douglas Smith.
Vintage, 779 pp., £14.99, March, 978 1 78487 309 7
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... of the life and career and circumstances of the author in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s or 1960s (Konstantin Paustovsky died in 1968). It is the autobiography (or autobiographical novel?) and magnum opus (or caput mortuum?) of a writer not now known for anything else. Towards the end of his life, in the Khrushchev thaw, ...

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