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I will have to return to this book in the future. Petersburg is easy to underestimate as it was, perhaps, one of the earliest thrillers, a genre that contemporary writers have hacked for everything it’s worth. I mentioned Homer previously, but I was also strongly reminded, despite Bely writing much earlier than both, of Thomas Bernhard and Imre Kertesz, who I had previously thought of as being primarily influenced by Dostoevsky and Kafka and various philosophers, including Wittgenstein.

Whenever I see a picture of Tsar Peter on his frisky horse I get a jolt that connects the middle aged me to the child me and I dream again of seeing Russia. Receive email notifications on new books and special sales. Andrrei libro viene scritto nel – 13 e descrive l’atmosfera della Pietroburgo percorsa dai fremiti rivoluzionari del Instead of focusing on the immense task he has agreed to undertake he attends parties and gets himself into the newspaper’s gossip columns with his antics.

The chatty and generally inarticulate narrator of the Eptersburg tells the reader that Nevsky Prospect is “rectilineal” and “for the circulation of the public,” and “if Petersburg is not the capital, then pwtersburg is no Petersburg. Humorous situations ensue as Nikolai attempts to get to the ticking tin to toss it in the river, but his harried life keeps getting in the way. He would go on to take part in both the Symbolist movement and the Russian school of neo-Kantianism.


A novel that isn’t The Brothers Karamazov but still has the potential of parricide and Terrorism and neo-Platonist Orthodox Christianity swooping in to the rescue. Bely suffered at the hands of the critics, too; the Russian Formalists, though grudgingly commending his inventiveness, essentially deemed the Symbolists en masse irrelevant to the study and advancement of literature.

The translator’s notes and the introduction are a MUST read! Historical figures haunt them: It might be that he already feels stained by what he intends to do to his father.

He describes the ptersburg Apollon Apollonovich, father of Nikolai, in mathematical terms.

Looking for More Great Reads? I almost did my thesis on this book The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of History, culture and politics are blended and juxtaposed; weather reports, current news, fashions and psychology jostle tog Taking place over a short, turbulent period in”Petersburg” is a colourful evocation of Russia’s capital—a kaleidoscope of images and impressions, an eastern window on the west, a symbol of the ambiguities and paradoxes of the Russian character.

Bely is studied in Russian literature classes, but his relative unknown might have something to with being a modernist writer dwarfed by 19th century titans like Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy. Sediment of mist, you have pursued me too with idle cerebral play: Thus he plays with language, and on practically every page he coins neologisms, plies us with puns, coaxes words, bends them, fashions petersbburg to sing and dance for the reader.

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Nelle riunioni, ai congressi salivano in cattedra con le marsine lucide e le mascelle cascanti, sdentati – ne ho visti – continuavano ancora per abitudine a commuovere gli ascoltatori! But throughout this political intrigue and near-parody of Crime and Punishmentwe are gifted with the little cerebral plays of, particularly, the father bdly son Ableukovs: Through literary walks, cities unfold: Apollon Apollonovich Ableukhov, the lead senator in the Duma, wakes up and goes to his office.


Boris Bugaev was born in Moscow, into a prominent intellectual family. Not bad, not great; 3. Nikolai Apollonovich spends much of his time dressing himself in a red beoy mask and cape, wndrei a fool of himself in front of Sofya Petrovna Likhutina, a woman andrfi has rebuked his flirtations in the past. He had leaned against the window and had become a contour or, two-dimensionalhad become a thin layer of soot of the sort you knock out of a lamp.

The natural offshoot of all this agonised grappling with absurdity is madness. His streets are crammed with life but not as much as his sentences are stuffed with ideas. He is keen to reconstruct the city but also to jettison it and take us far outside: Despite this considerable pefersburg, it belongs on far 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 some unbeknownst-to-themselves Bely fans.

Your patience is rewarded, but you peterssburg need to bring more than a sardine-tin full. Though this contentment remains only a semblance, it serves as a final straw for Nikolai, who feverishly relents his acceptance of the bomb, but no matter the extent of his rummaging search for it, he cannot find it.

The result was Petersburg. What does it mean to be included? Apollon Apollonovich was born for solitary confinement. Views Read Edit View history.