The polyglots - William Alexander Gerhardie

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05 Oct 2017
Apollo Library
352 pages: 198 x 129 x 28mm

Set in the Far East just after the First World War, Gerhardie's comic masterpiece in the tale of an eccentric Belgian family, recounted by their young English relative who comes to stay with them.

Filled with bizarre characters - depressives, obsessives, paranoiacs and sex maniacs - Gerhardie paints a wonderfully strange world where the comic and tragic are entwined.

William Gerhardie (1895-1977) was born in St Petersburg. Leaving Russia in the wake of the 1917 revolution, Gerhardie travelled to Siberia with the British Military Mission. After two years there, he left the army with an OBE, sailing to England by way of Singapore, Colombo and Port Said - a journey that forms the closing chapters of The Polyglots. He died in London in 1977.