Petersburg / Edition 1

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Overview

Taking place over a short, turbulent period in 1905, "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. History, culture and politics are blended and juxtaposed; weather reports, current news, fashions and psychology jostle together with people from Petersburg society in an exhilarating search for the identity of a city and, ultimately, Russia itself. 'The one novel that sums up the whole of Russia.'—Anthony Burgess
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 709,254
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrei Beley (born Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev) was born 26 October 1880. Beley was educated at Moscow University where he studied science and philosophy, before turning his focus to literature. In 1904 he published his first collection of poems, Gold in Azure, which was followed in 1909 by his first novel, The Silver Dove. Beley's most famous novel, Petersburg, was pubilshed in 1916. His work is considered to have heavily influenced several literary schools, most notably Symbolism, and his impact on Russian writing has been compared to that of James Joyce on the English speaking world. Adam Thirlwell (b.1978) studied English at New College, Oxford, and was subsequently elected as a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1999. In 2003 his first novel, Politics, won the Betty Trask Award, and Miss Herbert, published in 2007, won the Somerset Maugham Award. Thirlwell's third novel, The Escape, was published in September 2009.

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