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Overview

"... a translation that captures Bely’s idiosyncratic language and the rhythm of his prose, and without doing violence to English, conveys not only the literal meaning of the Russian but also its echoes and implications." —The New York Review of Books

"This translation of Petersburg finally makes it possible to recognize Andrei Bely’s great novel of 1913 as a crucial Russian instance of European modernist fiction." —Inquiry

"All people who go in for the B’s—Beckett, Brecht, Buñuel—better get hold of Bely. He came first, and he’s still the best." —Washington Post Book World

"... a jewel-cutter’s showcase." —Kirkus Reviews

"... the most important, most influential and most perfectly realized Russian novel written in the 20th century." —Simon Karlinsky

Here is the long-awaited, authoritative, unabridged translation of Petersburg, the Chef d’oeuvre of Symbolist writer Andrei Bely. Nabokov has ranked Petersburg beside Joyce’s Ulysses, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the four great works of prose fiction of the twentieth century.

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"The most important, most influential, and most perfectly realized Russian novel written in the 20th century." - The New York Times Book Review

"This modernist novel, rightly regarded as one of the pinnacles of twentieth-century Russian literature, presents great challenges to the translator. 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 a work of art in its own right." - 2012 Rossica Prize Judging Panel

"One of the four most important works of twentieth century literature." - Vladimir Nabokov

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253202192
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1979
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 539,383
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrei Bely (whose real name was Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev), was born in 1880 into a family of illustrious intellectuals. Bely's writing heavily influenced the Russian Symbolist movement and the subsequent Modernist school - his significance in world literature is often compared to that of James Joyce. He died in Moscow in January 1934.

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