By Vladimir E. Alexandrov
A number one Russian Symbolist poet, essayist, and mentor to a complete iteration of writers, Andrei Bely (1880–1934) accomplished maximum renown for 3 exceptional novels: Petersburg — which has been ranked with the masterpieces of Joyce, Kafka, and Proust — The Silver Dove, and Kotik Letaev. Vladimir Alexandrov argues cogently that the main-spring of Bely's advanced paintings is his notion of Symbolism as a brand new type of cognition that hyperlinks the person, the cloth global, and the transcendent realm. Supplementing shut textual research with fabric drawn from Bely's theoretical and autobiographical writings, Alexandrov lines intimately how this belief advanced from 4 early experimental prose narratives to the key novels, and the way it's manifested of their topics, shape, and magnificence. Alexandrov additionally presents lucid discussions of the numerous impact that numerous philosophical and occult platforms had on Bely's paintings, and of the theoretical challenge of what constitutes a Symbolist novel.
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Extra resources for Andrei Bely: The Major Symbolist Fiction
The woman whom Bely idolized at the time was Margarita Kirillovna Morozova, confidante of the avant-garde, and wife of a wealthy manufacturer. He describes his platonic infatuation with her, and perception of her as Soloviev's Divine Wisdom, in his narrative poem The First Encounter (1921). 5 3 Of course Musatov is not a simple translation of Anna Schmidt. He appears attractive at first, and ends not as a completely ludicrous figure, but with something of a tragic pall over him. This is due in part to the original grandeur of his design.
32 These avowals do much to explain why the First Symphony's large-scale structure bears only a superficial resemblance to the sonata form. 33 The general notion of symphonic music may have appealed to Bely for the same reasons that abstract language did in the First Symphony. Symphonic music is also abstract, and, at the same time, lends itself well to a range of emotional interpretations. The spectrum of feelings and attendant inner states that it induces are thus like the content that a symbol can subsume.
Since the paragraphs are numbered, the reader is confronted with an interrupted sequentiality that is different from the way prose usually reads. "3' The horizontal layering of the text thus may illustrate the alternation of discrete images, which would seem to be an inevitable characteristic of symbolic perception in general: the subject's sense of self is lost during the act of perceiving a higher order of reality in a phenomenon, and if the perceiver is to continue to function as a human being, he must be able to withdraw from deep symbolic perceptions, which brings them to a close.
Andrei Bely: The Major Symbolist Fiction by Vladimir E. Alexandrov