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By Mikhail Kuzmin, Translated by Hugh Aplin, Foreword by Paul Bailey

Hesperus Modern Voices


112 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: September 2007

ISBN 9781843914310

Rights: US & CA

Hesperus Press (Sep 2007)

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This brand new translation is the only available edition of the first Russian novel to consider gay sexuality.

A key text in the history of gay literature, Wings was published in 1906 to the scandalized reaction of contemporary society and the generations which followed. Its central theme of aestheticized sensuality has drawn comparisons with the work of contemporaries Oscar Wilde and André Gide. The young Vanya Smurov is deeply attached to his mentor, Dr. Larion Stroop, and to the world of Renaissance art which the latter reveals to him. Initially appalled by the sudden discovery of Stroop's homosexual leanings, Vanya abandons him to pursue a "normal" heterosexual existence. In turn disgusted by ensuing encounters, he returns to Dr. Stroop and accompanies him to Italy where he begins his real education—both in the world of art, and that of hedonism.


"There is a dark intensity within. And yet there is also a grim humor." —QX Magazine

Author Biography

Mikhail Kuzmin (1872–1936) was one of the great poets of the Russian Silver Age.