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Futility

(1922)
A novel by

 
 
Hailed by his famous contemporaries including Edith Wharton, H.G. Wells, Katherine Mansfield, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh, who called him a "genius," William Gerhardi is one of the twentieth century's forgotten masters, and his lovely comedy Futility one of the century's neglected masterpieces.

It tells the story of someone very similar to Gerhardi himself: a young Englishman raised in Russia who returns to St. Petersburg and falls in love with the daughter of a hilariously dysfunctional family--all played out with the armies of the Russian Revolution marching back and forth outside the parlor window.

Part British romantic comedy, part Russian social realism, and with a large cast of memorable characters, this astoundingly funny and poignant novel is the tale of people persisting in love and hope despite the odds.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"A living book ... one can put it down and it goes on breathing." - Katherine Mansfield


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Hardback Editions

May 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: Futility (The revised definitive edition of the works of William Gerhardie)
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-356-03144-6 / 978-0-356-03144-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-344-05212-5 / 978-0-344-05212-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-342-08736-3 / 978-0-342-08736-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Futility
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-78669-480-8 / 978-1-78669-480-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Apollo Library
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-330-90123-1 / 978-1-330-90123-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel On Russian Themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-294-50471-1 / 978-1-294-50471-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel (Neversink)
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-61219-145-2 / 978-1-61219-145-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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January 2012 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Futility; A Novel on Russian Themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-217-84107-4 / 978-0-217-84107-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility; a novel on Russian themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-171-84042-X / 978-1-171-84042-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel On Russian Themes
Author(s): William Alexander Gerhardie
ISBN: 1-148-66198-0 / 978-1-148-66198-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-571-24441-6 / 978-0-571-24441-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Futility
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-8112-1176-2 / 978-0-8112-1176-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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April 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Futility
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-86072-112-4 / 978-0-86072-112-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robin Clark Ltd
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June 1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: Futility (Modern Classics)
Author(s): William Gerhardie
ISBN: 0-14-000391-6 / 978-0-14-000391-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Futility
Author(s): William Gerhardie
Publisher: Apollo Library
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September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Futility: A Novel (Neversink)
Author(s): William Gerhardie
Publisher: Melville House
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