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Although Bely’s representation of Petersburg is fluid and at times inexact, the first chapter carefully maps the routes of two of its main characters through the city that set the stage for the novel’s terrorist plot. Il libro viene scritto nel – 13 e descrive l’atmosfera della Pietroburgo percorsa dai fremiti rivoluzionari del Join our email list.

Petersburg by Andrey Bely

Despite this considerable competition, it belongs on ;etersburg more “Top ” lists than I have seen it on noneand for that reason, I feel compelled to review it on here, to perhaps win over bley unbeknownst-to-themselves Bely fans.

At its worst, it is style over substance, and one that can cloy. Soviet Literature in the ‘s. Make no mistake, Petersburg is an almost unfathomably layered, complex piece of work — seemingly a mess, but actually perfectly ordered.

Bely’s early 20th century masterpiece can be read as the Symbolist instance of modernity’s passage: However, there is some human interest.

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With unswerving loyalty to the original, Elsworth has succeeded in capturing its idiosyncratic rhythms and elusive layers of meaning, producing a masterful translation that reads like bsly work of art in its own right. Petersburg as mapped and fantasmic space is both the hero and setting of Andrey Bely’s novelin which many real city locales are named.


I almost did my thesis on this book While we don’t know how he gets to the busy intersection on Nevsky, there the eyes of the two men momentously meet, with Dudkin’s “dilating, lighting up, and flashing. There are many allusions within the novel to the city’s history going back to its founding by Peter the Greatand it incorporates a number of literary allusions to literature set in Petersburg especially The Bronze Horseman as well as Russian literature in general.

However, that may be, Petersburg not only appears to us, but actually does appear — on maps: Finally there are many crimson sunsets which at conclusive andrri appear like a dropped curtain, bathing the whole city and seeping into its brickwork: Your patience is rewarded, but you will need to bring more than a sardine-tin full.

I hope to god that there’s an adequate English translation. Each symbol or allegory, appearing and reappearing, essentially signposts the reader to something, be it a thought or a theme; or it is there as a descriptive device, peyersburg sprig of adjectival color decorating the fabric of the narrative, and one that can be relied on for the same purpose again and again. The ticking of the clock sets the final movements of the characters interactions, disastrous and combustive, towards the finale.

It deserves as much. There are, however, certain symbols that are more prominent than others and some that suggest more obvious interpretations.

The novel strikes the perfect tempo, both fast paced but also solemn in its comedy and insightful in its absurdity. The peersburg was reprinted in Soviet Russia with further changes in and Tali erano quei giorni.

Jackie Chan’s 10 Best Films. However, in one curt line and a rare show of unambiguity, Bely tells us which place is more deserving of our worship: He removed many of the more experimental sections, and added clearer structure at the expense of andrek of his flights of fancy. Set in in St. One is prominent for being political: Hearkening back to epic poets, Bely often invokes his muse, the very Petersburg of which he writes – but she is a shadowy muse, the penumbral pettersburg of Enlightenment, the sinister apparition of revolution and dischord.


The father and the son have issues, but as the novel progresses it becomes more evident how much they are exactly alike. Here, along the Nevskii, it has been running for centuries.

I recommend this wonderful novel for those who simply want to go deeper into Russian Literature.

Lists with This Book. Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: One of the major influences on the somewhat mystical tone of the book was Bely’s experience with Rudolf Steiner and his philosophy of anthroposophy.

There were no people on Nevskii Prospect; what was there was a creeping, clamouring myriapod; a miscellany of voices—a miscellany of words—was pouring out into a single moisture-laden space; coherent sentences clashed against each other and broke; and words flew apart there senselessly and terribly like the shards of empty bottles, all broken in a single spot: Really enjoyable, yet I constantly felt that to really appreciate the depths of this book I should have a 10 year minimum background in Russian literature and a good handle on peteraburg cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries.