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Петербург Download × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Петербург By Andrei Bely ❅ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk After enlisting in a revolutionary terrorist organization the university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is entrusted with a highly dangerous mission to plantTwining the worlds of history and myth and parading a cast of unforgettable characters Petersburg is a story of apocalypse and redemption played out through family dysfunction conspiracy and murde. 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 The events of the outside real world the very existence of the imperial capital become lost in the mists of confusion and inner turmoil that Bely's characters go throughI struggled myself to get a grip on the story I've been reading this novel on and off for the last six months Only after I gave up on my attempts to build a coherent structure of events I was able to fully appreciate the scope and the artistry of the author's effort Cerebral play is only a mask; behind this mask the invasion of the brain by forces unknown to us is accomplished Andrei Bely is not the Dickensian fellow novelist I suspected after the first pages of the story he is first of all a poet that builds his novel out of symbols sounds colors repetitions of key phrases and allegory themes and moods that follow closely the human heart instead of the brain And we all know from Dostoyevsky et co how tumultuous those Russian souls can get 'They're just some kind of Hamlets Apollon Apollonovich Ableukhov and his son Nikolai Apollonovich are unlikely protagonists at least in the beginning of the journey The elder a high official in the Tzarist governemnt is a strait laced conformist and authoritarian figure mostly comical and anachronic The youngster is a timid scatterbrained student chasing married skirts and reading German philosophers In comes a third personage Aleksandr Ivanovich Dudkin a professional revolutionaryterrorist to throw a monkey wrench in the works There's also a time bomb that drives the plot forward but tends to get lost or misplaced 'yes only ten days in ten days everything had changed; Russia had changed' The actual story spans a short interval in October 1905 and there are echoes of outside events that resonate in the inner struggle of the Ableukhovs but the real tour de force here is Bely bringing to life a whole city as a character in the story weaving his symbols a red domino at a masked ball a bronze horseman a tin of sardines etc into the dream life of his heroes – a veritable nightmare that gets and disconnected from reality as the story progressesEach of the three main characters experiences waking nightmares hallucinatory trips into the subconscious where they try to reconcile the old order of things with the need for change and with the role they have been asked to play view spoiler Nikolai is supossed to kill his father Apollon at the reuest of his revolutionary friend Dudkin; Dudkin himself is rebelling against his supervisor hide spoiler

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After enlisting in a revolutionary terrorist organization the university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is entrusted with a highly dangerous mission to plant a bomb and assassinate a major. 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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ПетербургGovernment figure But the real central character of the novel is the city of Petersburg at the beginning of the twentieth century caught in the grip of political agitation and social unrest Inter. 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