The Great Gorsky

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At the Guardian, Serbian-born novelist Vesna Goldsworthy explains how the “strong plot” and structure of The Great Gatsby influenced her novel about Russian oligarchs:

I know—especially for some Americans—I’ve trodden upon holy ground by reworking what is for them the literary equivalent of the stars and stripes. One American friend told me she’d once written out Gatsby in longhand just to see “how it is done”, while another said that I could only cap my sacrilege by making use of To Kill a Mockingbird. I started from Gatsby the way a Greek dramatist might have started from the myth of Antigone, but Gorsky is its own novel, with its own voices.


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →