Petersburg

ISBN-10: 0141191740
ISBN-13: 9780141191744
Edition: 2011
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Description: This novel is a portrait of the city of Petersburg in 1905. It presents a picture of a complex city which reflects the Russian character. The author examines the history, culture and politics of Russia at this time.

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

This novel is a portrait of the city of Petersburg in 1905. It presents a picture of a complex city which reflects the Russian character. The author examines the history, culture and politics of Russia at this time.

A symbolist poet, Andrei Bely was also a literary critic and theorist and one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Russian fiction. His Petersburg (1916-35) is one of the century's great novels. He initially studied science but had begun his literary career even before graduation. His early poetry was shaped by mystical beliefs associated with the concept of the Divine Wisdom, beliefs shared by Aleksandr Blok and other younger symbolist poets. In later years, Bely was deeply affected by the German anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner, whom he began to follow in 1912. Blok's writings from that time on bear the imprint of his commitment to Steiner's teachings. Bely's prose continued the stylistic traditions of Nikolai Gogol, about whose work he wrote. Brilliantly innovative in language, composition, and subject matter, Bely's fiction had a great impact on early Soviet literature. His novels The Silver Dove (1910), and St. Petersburg (1913) deal with Russian history in broad cultural perspective, focusing especially on East-West opposition. Kotik Letaev (1918), anticipated stream-of-consciousness techniques in Western fiction in its depiction of the psyche of a developing infant. The Christened Chinaman (1927), an autobiographical novel, is also highly innovative in its language and three-level narrative.

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