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By Vladimir E. Alexandrov

ISBN-10: 0674036468

ISBN-13: 9780674036468

A number one Russian Symbolist poet, essayist, and mentor to a whole new release of writers, Andrei Bely (1880–1934) completed maximum renown for 3 fantastic novels: Petersburg — which has been ranked with the masterpieces of Joyce, Kafka, and Proust — The Silver Dove, and Kotik Letaev. Vladimir Alexandrov argues cogently that the main-spring of Bely's complicated artwork is his notion of Symbolism as a brand new kind of cognition that hyperlinks the person, the fabric global, and the transcendent realm. Supplementing shut textual research with fabric drawn from Bely's theoretical and autobiographical writings, Alexandrov strains intimately how this notion developed from 4 early experimental prose narratives to the key novels, and the way it truly is manifested of their topics, shape, and magnificence. Alexandrov additionally presents lucid discussions of the numerous impression that numerous philosophical and occult structures had on Bely's paintings, and of the theoretical challenge of what constitutes a Symbolist novel.

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It would not be surprising if the disjunction between the parts of the Second was due simply to a beginning author's inexpert hand. This is in fact suggested by Bely's recollection of how he wrote the work. The early part was a diary-like record of his walks across Moscow with his close friend Sergei Soloviev (the philosopher's nephew)— a diary he kept to read out loud at Mikhail Soloviev's tea table. " But only after passing a university examination in physics did Bely launch into the second part, completing it in approximately twenty-four hours.

The Symphonies 23 Bely characterized his involvement with Wagner during his adolescence as "a mad enthusiasm," 34 an attitude he shared with many major and minor figures in European and Russian Symbolism. " 36 A number of. diary entries from 1901, which were published only recently, help understand exactly why Bely saw a parallel between symbols and aphorisms: The value of an aphorism is that it allows one to take in at a glance any horizon, and maintain the relation among the parts. An aphorism is the most intimate form of contact between the author and the reader .

Only dreams' . . " (p. 16). O n the Symphony's last page, however, the heroine and her Knight, who have been reborn into a supernatural realm, awaken and "see that their dream was not a dream, because He [presumably, God] . . was whispering to them all that they saw in the dream" (p. 121). The connection between this statement and what the narrator hears from the unspecified parties in the Introduction is suggested in the Symphony's second part. The Knight is wending his way through a forest, hearing requests "that the dream of life pass, and that we [italics mine] awaken from the dream" (p.

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