by Andrei Bely

Translated by John E. Malmstad and Robert A. Maguire

Foreword by Olga Matich

Published by: Indiana University Press

404 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 1 map

  • Paperback
  • 9780253034113
  • Published: March 2018


  • eBook
  • 9780253035530
  • Published: March 2018


Andrei Bely's novel Petersburg is considered one of the four greatest prose masterpieces of the 20th century. In this new edition of the best-selling translation, the reader will have access to the translators' detailed commentary, which provides the necessary historical and literary context for understanding the novel, as well as a foreword by Olga Matich, acclaimed scholar of Russian literature.

Set in 1905 in St. Petersburg, a city in the throes of sociopolitical conflict, the novel follows university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov, who has gotten entangled with a revolutionary terrorist organization with plans to assassinate a government official–Nikolai's own father, Apollon Apollonovich Ableukhov. With a sprawling cast of characters, set against a nightmarish city, it is all at once a historical, political, philosophical, and darkly comedic novel.