[E–pub] Петербург author Andrei Bely


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  • Петербург
  • Andrei Bely
  • English
  • 13 February 2018
  • 9780253202192

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    Andrei Bely à 2 Free download Read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Andrei Bely Summary Петербург In his later years when Andrei Bely was slowly going mad he hacked his original text of Petersburg making it twic

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    [E–pub] Петербург author Andrei Bely The Bronze Horseman descends from his pedestal and goes visiting at night it turns out that he smokes a pipe view spoiler and indeed generally appears to have calmed down since the days of Pushkin's poem hide spoiler

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    Andrei Bely à 2 Free download Read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Andrei Bely Summary Петербург A curious work Something definitely out of the common groove But it is a novel and there is a story that does get told albeit in a rather uirky way When the pace is strong it's good and fun to read; while at other times when the pace is slow the author becomes somewhat self indulgent entertaining himself with mists and shadows and other unsub

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    Summary Петербург Read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Andrei Bely Andrei Bely à 2 Free download It is a cliché that all drunk people think that they are wonderful company that in the moment they see in their rambling slurred and often nonsensical conversation the brilliant holding forth of a world class orator Unfortunately for me I have never suffered from this delusion Whenever I get drunk I am fully aware of mys

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    [E–pub] Петербург author Andrei Bely In which a story is told of a certain worthy personage his intellectual games and the ephemerality of existence Although it starts in a classical satirical tone the story of the Ableukhov family in the revolutionary year 1905 in Sankt Petersburg becomes very uickly an intimate exploration of the human psyche Th

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    Summary Петербург [E–pub] Петербург author Andrei Bely As a result in part of it's history going many years without publication outside of the USSR Andrei Bely's Petersburg first written in 1913 and not translated to English until 1959 is woefully under read It is perhaps most often re

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Петербург Free read õ 2 Er 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. It is a clich that all drunk people think that they are wonderful company that in the moment they see in their rambling slurred and often nonsensical conversation the brilliant holding forth of a world class orator Unfortunately for me I have never suffered from this delusion Whenever I get drunk I am fully aware of myself fully conscious of the torrents of bullshit pouring from my mouth I just don t seem to be able to stop the flow Something happens when I drink some kind of mechanism in my brain gives way and so the writhing mass of thoughts that harangue me when sober the near unbearable seemingly limitless and constantly overlapping multitude of thoughts that I liken to a big tub of live eels are given expression I sharein the most baffling manner possible Can you imagine what it is like to be on the receiving end of that Well you don t have to You can read Andrei Bely s Petersburg instead Petersburg does not exist It merely seems to exist It is often noted that Bely s novel has not achieved the status that it deserves that it is to use a vulgar popular phrase criminally underrated There are of course numerous reasons for that First of all it is said that until very recently the book suffered in English from less than stellar translations although that doesn t appear to have done Dostoevsky s reputation any harm It is also the case and I think this is far pertinent that it lacks a kind of universality it is at least in part a paean to the city of Petersburg itself and if you have never been or have no real interest in the place then a good part of the book s charm will be lost on you Likewise there are references to historical events that are particular to Russia and references and allusions are made sometimes without any explanation to famous Russian writers Pushkin for example and works of literature However than any of these things the most alienating aspect of the work is the authorial voiceMuch like me when I ve had too many cocktails the narrator appears to be trying to talk about six subjects all at once he is mentally unsettled starting sentences and not finishing them randomly throwing out jokes and puns which are never very funny repeating himself and lapsing into poetic uotations and often complex but largely unintelligible philosophy and spiritualism While many make comparisons to Gogol s epically silly characters I would say that if the authorial voice has a literary forebear it would be Rogozhin from The Idiot a man suffering from a nervous ailment indeed it is as though he has seized control of Crime Punishment and tried to rewrite it as a comedy Of course this voice and by extension Petersburg itself is occasionally tiresome Sometimes the story just will not proceed and I don t I must admit exhibit a lot of tolerance where puns and wordplay are concerned Yet these minor uibbles aside it s a strangely beautiful and engrossing book and certainly rewarding for a patient readerI don t want to give the impression that Petersburg is a mess not even a beautiful and engrossing mess because there was obviously a precise method to Bely s apparent madness indeed after the book s first publication in 1913 he continued to revise it so it is clear that he took it very seriously Take the repetition it is not the recourse of an inarticulate writer but rather it is freuently used for poetic effect Bely was I believe a poet and his circular prose and the emphasis placed upon certain phrases reminded me very much of Homer O Russian people Russian people Do not let the the crowds of slippery shadows come over from the islands p30 O Russian people Russian peopleDo not let the crowds of fitful shadows come over from the island p36Sometimes these phrases have a comic purpose like when it is repeatedly said of Sergei Likhutin that he was in charge of provisions somewhere out there Here Bely emphasises Sergei s unimportance to his wife with the vague somewhere as though it is Sofia rather than the author who doesn t know nor care where he goes at other times these phrases stress certain personal characteristics or states of mind 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 Bernhard and Kertesz wereare uite open about their favourite writers and books and I don t recall either ever mentioning Bely but the similarities are clear especially in relation to Kertesz s Fiasco and Kaddish for an Unborn Child and Bernhard s Correction In all of these novels there is a process of refining or correcting of thought and idea taking place whereby an idea or phrase is altered slightly with each subseuent appearance in the text as the O Russian people uote above shows and an obsessive attention to seemingly banal detailFurther the chaotic unstable authorial voice is I m sure meant to reflect to mirror both the mind set of his characters and the nature of the times The plot of the novel at the most basic level is that a young philosophy student Nikolai Abluekhov has been given a ticking bomb and is tasked with assassinating a senior government official who turns out to be his father So there is on a local level so to speak obviously much emotional turmoil Moreover the novel is set in the year 1905 a time following the defeat in the Russo Japanese war and just before the Russian revolution It was historians tell me a time of social and political unrest for example on the 9th of January 1905 a peaceful workers demonstration was fired upon by Cossack units and the police The spooked and unhinged narrator is then in perfect harmony with his subject the times and his characters in fact he acts almost as another character himself Make no mistake Petersburg is an almost unfathomably layered complex piece of work seemingly a mess but actually perfectly orderedPetersburg in the early 1900 sMost reviewers of Bely s novel tend to refer to its reputation as a symbolist masterpiece often throwing out this term symbolist and uickly moving on Ah I know your game people Don t get me wrong I m not sneering at anyone I get you I feel your pain Symbolism is hard enough to decipher at the best of times but when one is concerned with a Russian novel written 100 years ago the task will be particularly difficult As great as I undoubtedly am even I cannot possibly pick up on or explain everything There are however certain symbols that are prominent than others and some that suggest obvious interpretations For example I ve already written about how chaos and order are important themes and the text is strewn with references to zigzags and spheres to my mind the zigzags are disorder and the spheres it doesn t seem a stretch to suppose are order amongst other things I might add There are also repeated mentions of certain colours particularly yellow red and grey I m not too sure about yellow and grey although they may represent illness perhaps but red seems fairly clear it being a colour that is popularly associated with Russia itself the Russian word for red means beautiful by the way and is of course also the colour of bloodIt ought to be clear by now that there isn t a great deal to get your teeth into on a human level Certainly the characters aren t alive in the way that Dostoevsky s and Tolstoy s are I just cannot envisage anyone coming away from the book feeling as though they have made some kind of personal connection with say Nikolai or his father Apollon It would uite frankly be absurd However there is some human interest The father son dynamic the intellectual and emotional clashes between different generations is one that the great Russians appeared to be particularly fond of it having been explored for example in than one of Dostoevsky s novels and Turgenev s Father Sons I don t think Bely brings much to the table in this regard certainly nothing that hadn t been dealt with successfully elsewhere but it s nice to have it and in any case one gets the feeling that he was deliberately winking at those other novels anyway it was I think all part of his extraordinary game

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Петербург Free read õ 2 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 sym. The twin spires of Time and Light stand out for me on the busy skyline of this phenomenal book Time counts down the narrative while Light provides the special effects that rhythm the ebb and flow of the truly idiosyncratic counting down process Yes ebb and flow is appropriate to mention here We expect Time to move only in one direction and always at the same pace according to the age old rules but Bely s Time strikes right through the rule book It doubles back and when it s not busy reversing it suddenly speeds up in a thunderous wave or even bizarrely slows down to a complete stop The exclamation mark at the end of that sentence is there for than exclamatory purposes Bely uses exclamation marks as if they d just been invented sometimes they even mark pauses especially when the narrative has gone into one of its fast forward modes and the reader is at risk of collapsing from the exhaustion of keeping up Then Bely drops an exclamation mark onto the page followed by an ellipsis or two and some blank space and our hearts return to normal rhythm and we take time to rethink what we ve just read realising that it may only have been an hallucination on the part of a character or even a hallucination of our own When the blank space becomes print again we invariably find the clock has been wound back once so that we are being shown the same scene from a different point of view and what seemed utterly phantasmagorical a few moments before becomes just an ordinary Petersburg night with a few trees tossing about on the city s main thoroughfare the Nevsky Prospect But even a regular windy night can seem bizarre when Bely gives it his Light treatment The sky is often greenish or pewter coloured the Nevsky Prospect is enveloped in a fiery murk street lights are blood red pinpoints the roofs of houses give off a phosphorescent sheen passersby are reduced to shadows while shadows suddenly form themselves into passersby Alongside the oddly ticking Time this playing around with Light leaves us uncertain about what we ve just read Does the crimson sky indicate morning or is it actually evening Is that building really adorned with black lace or is it only the shadow of the trees Did the statue of the famous Bronze Horseman just thunder down from its giant plinth to chase a character through the city as in Pushkin s poem of the same name Or was it a trick of the Light in collusion with some phantom Sound engineer Yes Sound works closely with Light to make us very wary of Petersburg s grey and foggy streets They seem to echo all the time with a ghostly ooo and even when we stop reading we think we can still hear it ooo ooo oooOf course the year is 1905 when revoloootion was in the air and that backdrop is partly responsible for some of the sounds we think we hear as we read such as the whoosh of gravel thrown at a window by a mob or the clicking sound in the corner of a room that could simply be a cockroach or a mouse but could also be something much menacing Then there s the constant whistle of steamboats out on the Neva and the i sound that the wind carries from across Russia the sound of public ire of strikes of picket lines of every Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov marching marching marching Footsteps rhythm the story tatam tam tamtatatam tam tam perhaps while a character thinks about the music of Tchaikovsky s ueen of Spades or on a different page a different character plucks the strings of a guitar bam bam bam strumming out what could be the line of the narrative but then breaking offmid lineThe line of the narrative if it could be traced on paper might follow this odd pattern That graphic representation of a narrative arc was made by Laurence Sterne nearly 200 years before Bely wrote this book but if I ve paused to recall Sterne s Tristram Shandy it s with a dual purpose Both authors play around with Time in their novels pulling it out to an extraordinary degree and both authors also love digressions in Sterne s novel the digressions simply amuse whereas in Bely s they heighten the suspense in a major way and increasingly as the pages turn And while we re talking digressions let me mention another author who plays with Time Dostoyevsky in Crime and Punishment Coincidentally the time span of that novel is the same as Bely s ten days or so Dostoyevsky makes us very aware of Time passing although he specialises not in jumping about in time but in slowing it down recording each second of his character s ten day existence And as I read Bely s Petersburg I was reminded of Dostoyevsky s novel for other reasons besides the treatment of Time Dostoyevsky s main character Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov constantly roams the Nevsky Prospect just as Bely s characters do and Raskolnikov himself possesses traits that mirror those of Bely s two main characters Nicolai Apollonovich Ableukhov and Alexandr Ivanovich Dudkin Like Raskolnikov Ableukhov s intensive course of philosophical studies has confused his mind so much that he finds himself involved in a crime while Bely s second hero Dudkin suffers from hallucinations just as Raskolnikov does Both Dudkin and Raskolnikov live in tiny cupboard like rooms with yellowed wallpaper through which they imagine they are being spied on by malevolent eyes and both eventually commit violent acts one with an axe one with ascissors It s also interesting that in both novels there s an agent provocateur who plays psychological games with the main characters and drives them to a state approaching delirium Had my panic stricken hero been able to take a look at himself from the side at that moment he would have been horrified in the greenish moonlit little cupboard of a room he would have seen himself clutching at his stomach and bawling with effort into the absolute emptiness in front of him his head was thrown right back and the enormous opening of his yelling mouth would have seemed to him a black abyss of non existence but Aleksandr Ivanovich could not jump out of himself and he did not see himselfBut to return to the themes of Time and Light that dominated Bely s book for me perhaps the image I will take with me from the reading experience is not Munch s Scream but the following word picture the Nevsky Prospect is bathed in a fiery crimson glow that might be dawn or might be dusk it is thronging with bowler hats moustaches noses and shoulders noses flowed past in large numbers the auiline nose and the cockerel nose the duck like nose the hen s nose and so on and so on the nose was turned to one side or the nose was not at all turned greenish green pale white and redand shoulders shoulders shoulders flowed past all the shoulders formed a thick mass as black as coal all the shoulders formed a highly viscous and slowly flowing mass This viscous mass snakes along the Prospect day in day out while high above the city the Bronze Horseman leaps forward eternallyAnd now of course I m reading Gogol s Nevsky Prospect in a volume that includes The Nose

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Петербург Free read õ 2 Bol 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 togeth. A curious work Something definitely out of the common groove But it is a novel and there is a story that does get told albeit in a rather uirky way When the pace is strong it s good and fun to read while at other times when the pace is slow the author becomes somewhat self indulgent entertaining himself with mists and shadows and other unsubstantial things Not bad not great 35 stars we ll call it 4