Download St. Petersburg by Andrei Bely PDF

By Andrei Bely

Translated with an creation by way of John Cournos
Foreword by way of George Reavey

Those accustomed to the radical will notice that this translation is 300 pages shorter than the more moderen ones by means of Elsworth and McDuff. the adaptation isn't really as a result of censorship or abridgment, it's just because prior translators John Cournos (1959) and Robert A. Maguire (1978) labored from a more recent, shorter, revised model of Bely's Russian textual content, and Elsworth/McDuff selected to translate the outdated, yet longer one.

In this incomparable novel of the seething innovative Russia of 1905, Andrey Bely performs ingeniously at the nice topics of Russian heritage and literature as he tells the captivating story of Apollon Apollonovich Ableukhov, a high-ranking Tsarist legitimate, and his dilettante son, Nikolai, an aspiring terrorist, whose first project is to assassinate his father.

Show description

Read Online or Download St. Petersburg PDF

Similar modernism books

The Weary Blues

Approximately 90 years after its first e-book, this celebratory version of The Weary Blues reminds us of the lovely fulfillment of Langston Hughes, who used to be simply twenty-four at its first visual appeal. starting with the outlet "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black because the evening is black, / Black just like the depths of my Africa"--Hughes spoke at once, in detail, and powerfully of the stories of African american citizens at a time while their voices have been newly being heard in our literature.

Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature (Russian History and Culture)

A lot of the former scholarship on Russia's literary discourses of sexuality and eroticism within the Silver Age used to be equipped on making use of ecu theoretical versions (from psychoanalysis to feminist idea) to Russia's modernization. This ebook argues that, on the become the 20th century, Russian pop culture for the 1st time came across itself in direct disagreement with the conventional excessive cultures of the higher periods and intelligentsia, generating modernized representations of sexuality.

Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media

Whereas most crucial experiences of born-digital literature have fun it as a postmodern artwork shape with roots in modern applied sciences and social interactions, electronic Modernism offers an alternate family tree. Grounding her argument in literary background, media reports, and the perform of close-reading, Jessica Pressman pairs modernist works via Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Bob Brown, with significant electronic works like William Poundstone's venture for the Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit}, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Dakota, and Judd Morrissey's The Jew's Daughter to illustrate how the modernist flow of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties laid the foundation for the techniques of digital literature.

Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Most unlikely Modernism reads the writings of German thinker and critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) and Anglo-American poet and critic T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) to check the connection among literary and ancient shape in the course of the modernist interval. It focuses relatively on how they either resisted the types of narration validated by way of nineteenth-century educational historians and grew to become in its place to conventional literary devices—lyric, satire, anecdote, and allegory—to reimagine the types that historic illustration could take.

Extra resources for St. Petersburg

Example text

It leant towards the disjointed, disintegrating and discordant in opposition to Victorian harmony. Modernism also advocated that an object exists in terms of its function; a house is therefore seen as a machine for living in (Le Corbusier) INTRODUCTION 19 and a poem ‘a machine made for words’ (William Carlos Williams). It was frequently and unashamedly elitist, in that, for example, Modernist art stressed complexity and difficulty, and also emphasised that culture had changed in response to the machine age.

In the forty years before World War I, humanity increasingly found itself in a world which seemed hostile towards its species and a universe which, because rather than in spite of the advances of science, was steadily decreasing in its comprehensibility (see Lester 1968). People had lost many of their beliefs in external authorities and found themselves increasingly unsure not only of the universe but of themselves; they were now seen as Godless primates sharing ancestors with other ‘savage’ animals.

It let loose the judgment I had suspended upon their clothes, their frail light limbs, and fragile features. (p. 25) So, the Eloi, Wells’s fey, Grecian aesthetes, are children both mentally and physically. Wells uses the idea of degeneracy literally and argues that the human race might return to a ‘child-like’ state: to the innocence and ignorance symbolised by Adam and Eve in Eden. As the Traveller says at one point: ‘The too-perfect security of the Upper-worlders had led them to a slow movement of degeneration, to a general dwindling in size, strength, and intelligence’ (50).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.26 of 5 – based on 13 votes