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No other contemporary novel provides such clear insight into the Russian mind and way of life as Andrei Bitov's Pushkin House. First published in the United States in 1987 and highly praised for its inventiveness, Pushkin House is a contemporary literary masterpiece. Though the novel's focus is a love affair between Lyova and Faina, the novel's true subject is an investiga ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1964)
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Josh
Dec 11, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it
A flawed and groping book - a book whose writer is obviously uncomfortable with his usually-well-fitting coat of fictional convention, and has added some patches. So there are 100 pages of explanatory notes, an essay on Russian literature delivered within the narrative, and various other hallucinations/diversions. At the same time, Bitov is careful to execute his more straightforward passages with conviction. Pushkin House reminds me of Hermann Broch's The Sleepwalkers in this way: the realistic ...more
Eric
Nov 11, 2009 Eric rated it liked it
Reading this book took some effort, to say the least. It was, to me, completely incomprehensible at various points, but for some reason it was confusing in a way that led me to want to determine why, and thus led me to turn the page. The plot or non-plot is as dreary and fun as St. Petersburg itself, and its incomprehensibility redolent of something Nabokovian, showing us beauty and hope for humankind in the possibility of numerous interpretations and in simple wonder at the possibility for life ...more
Naomi
I wrote an essay on this book at university. It was one of my favourite books. I'll have to re-read the book to freshen my mind on the subject. If you're contemplating reading it I highly recommend - full of that peculiarly Russian literary style of combining philosophy with literature. I spent half my time reading it re-reading whole passages to better grasp a philosophical point Bitov was making. I loved the narrator voice as well. So very godlike and yet a Greek chorus. Sorry I can't be more ...more
Bergencw
Nov 08, 2011 Bergencw rated it liked it
Moments of sheer brilliance buried in heaps of self-indulgence.
Veronika Zhukova
Jan 15, 2013 Veronika Zhukova rated it it was amazing
Read it in Russian, very thoughtful book
Olea
Feb 16, 2016 Olea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Grea carte. Unii văd o înrudire între “Casa Puskin” de Bitov si “Petersburg”-ul lui Andrei Belîi. Faptul că ambele romane se hrănesc din universul literaturii ruse mi se pare prea putin, pentru înrudirea clamată. În ce mă priveste, în această Casă a lui Puskin am încercat să intru si pe usi, si pe ferestre... Am reusit doar să dau la o parte niste perdele, să mut niste scaune. In Petersburg-ul lui Belîi am intrat cu toată fiinta mea si am iesit alt om.

Sub pretextul unei povesti de dragoste, ban
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Stepan
Jan 06, 2017 Stepan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Эту книгу невозможно описать – ее нужно просто прочитать. Невероятный постмодернистский (простите) роман. Текст-игра, текст-слоеный пирог. Гениальная, легкая, насыщенная, плотная, умная, заумная и зубодробительная книга. Блестящий язык.

«Тот сел на стул, все еще чему-то не веря, обнял кружку обеими руками и приник... Пил он долго, вникал, захлебываясь, всасывая, впитывая, вдыхая, погружаясь, весь уходя в кружку, он копошился над ней, как шмель над цветком, и когда отвалился со счастливым вздохом,
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Moira Downey
Sep 27, 2013 Moira Downey rated it liked it
I hesitate to give this a full four stars, primarily because this edition maybe suffers from the diminution of authorial voice that I'm increasingly convinced is inevitable when reading literature in translation? It's a big stubborn, difficult, philosophical novel that dances around what it means to live in a literary culture so inescapably dominated by state authority. I say dances around, because in 1978, one was still not free to write with any honesty about nearly anything with the long, hea ...more
Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: carey
Shelves: slavic


A dense read but worth the trudge.

ETA: After fishing through my notes from that reading period I had noted:

- painfully tries to be intellectual
- real genius is not forced
- purposeful obfuscation
- addictive. Just when you want to dent a wall with it along comes a thread and a thought...

So maybe I should down this to 3 from 4*
:O)
Cybermilitia
Neden Dostoyevski ve bilimkurgulari disinda Rus'lara gicik oldugumu hatirlatti kitap. Cok tesekkurler Bitov...
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Andrei Bitov is the author of Pushkin House, Captive of the Caucasus, and The Monkey Link, among other works. He is a cofounder of the Russian PEN club and has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. He lives in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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