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Ezra Slef is a sewn hardback book of 260 pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and


Limited to 300 copies.


ISBN 978-1-912586-30-1


Hardback: £40.00 inc. free p&p worldwide


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Ezra Slef

The Next Nobel

Laureate in Literature


Andrew Komarnyckyj


The pioneering writings of celebrated Russian novelist Ezra Slef have made him a titan of contemporary Postmodernism, with a worldwide following keen to know more about the man behind the books. Enter Humbert Botekin, a disgraced former professor of literature, and Slef’s biggest admirer. He writes the definitive biography of Slef, with compendious notes, an introduction, a list of plates, and a glossary.


But Botekin’s narrative soon spirals dangerously out of control. A supreme egotist, Botekin cannot resist assuming the foreground, so that his ostensible biography of Slef gradually changes into a personal memoir in which we learn far more about the biographer than about his subject. The narrative is both sinister and darkly comic.


Botekin’s secrets include making a Faustian pact with a well-travelled gentleman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Devil—a likeness the self-absorbed Botekin fails to notice, even as his world collapses around him.


Andrew Komarnyckyj has been a lawyer, odd-job man, PR Consultant, hospital porter, and plongeur among many other occupations. It’s the classic work history of an author, but it wasn’t planned that way. It was a happy accident which has stood him in good stead for writing novels.

   His literary tastes range across every fiction genre including—perhaps inevitably—postmodernism, with which he has a love-hate relationship.

   When not writing or reading he loves conversation, listening to anecdotes, craft beers, and hiking in mountains. Andrew’s favourite authors include Russell H. Greenan, Vladimir Nabokov, Sebastian Barry, and Gillian Flynn. On a personal note he’s married with two adult daughters.


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