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The Fifth Wanderer. The Fifth Wanderer was created by the Russian author Venjamin Kaverin (Nevorozhin, Panaev, Shmerl, Shvarc, Reginald Stejfors) and appeared in “Pyatii Strannik” (1925).

Four men face apparently insoluble problems. The men are: Master Faust; Oswald Schwerindoch, a scholar; Hanswurst, a charlatan, clown, and puppet-master (along with his puppet, Pickleherring); and a glazier. They decide to go on a trip together, to wander the world until they find the solutions to their problems. But their wanderings end frustratingly, as they discover they are all puppets controlled by a mysterious “fifth wanderer.”

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