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Petersburg by Andrei Bely
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Feb 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: russian
Read from November 07 to 11, 2013 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I really enjoyed St. Petersburg. Having traveled there a few years ago, it helped bring this novel to life. Having also witnessed and been a victim of the sinister side of St. Petersburg, it was not difficult to imagine many of the scenes from the novel. I like it when I can revert to visualization when reading a novel. It is quite satisfying to be able to recall the Peter and Paul Fortress, the mighty Neva and Nevsky Prospect while reading this suspenseful novel.

I can't say that I see the claimed similarities to James Joyce that have been mentioned. As for Vladimir Nabokov claiming St. Petersburg to be one of the four great masterpieces of twentieth-century prose, I don't agree. In part, because I don't agree with two of his other choices. I respect Nabokov for his writing ability, but he did get rather full of himself on his opinions of other authors work.
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