Fuck it. Giving up for now since I've been on the last 50 pages for over a year...
FINALLY! Picked this up in Prague (because Italy is so bass-ackwards that it can't carry classic lit in English ... oOoOoh no, that would be too hard, especially with the huge influx of English-speaking/reading tourists)
Anyway, so far, this book is SO old-commie Russian that it's freaking me out. And I know there's all this symbolism that I'm missing. Gave me nightmares after the first 50 pages, all this talk about the devil and a cat running around Moscow and heads being severed by tram/cars. >shudder<
BUT ... there's something to it. I like it so far, but it's gonna take me a while.