Afterword by Susan Brownsberger
Translated by Susan Brownsberger
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 survives as a literary masterpiece, even after the fall of Communism.
Though the novel's focus is a love affair between Lyova and Faina, the novel's true subject is an investigation of the corruption of Soviet intellectual life and history. Working within many of the confines imposed upon him during the Soviet regime, Bitov ingeniously draws upon Russian literary models, especially that of Nabokov, in order to parody and satirize the stifling society about him, as well as Russian literary tradition.
Nb of pages 384 p.
Publication Date 01 December 1998
Nb of pages 384
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
List Price $13.95
FOR LYOVA ODOEVTSEV, of the Odoevtsevs, life had brought no special traumas; in the main, it had flowed along. Figuratively speaking, the thread of his life had streamed rhythmically from someone’s divine hands, skimmed through the fingers. Without undue haste, without breaks or knots, that thread had remained under steady and moderate tension, showing only an occasional slight sag.
Essays edited by Ekaterina Sukhanova
Pushkin House is a brilliant, restless, impudent novel . . . it makes the city now called Leningrad a vivid and symbolically freighted presence and swathes a few hectic domestic events in a giddy whirl of metaphorically packed language . . . Dip in anywhere; small surprises keep crystallizing.- John Updike
Bitov's descriptions of the mind's approach to ordinary notions of cause and effect is often startling, producing images that remind us of Andrei Bely, Nabokov and Yuri Olesha . . . Pushkin House frequently calls to mind Sterne's Tristram Shandy . . . Bitov gropes conscientiously among the facts of life and literature, using the best evidence he can find.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Eastern Europe
Countries : Russian Federation