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Andrei Bely () was the pseudonym of Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev () (, Moscow – January 8, 1934, Moscow), a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of the four greatest novels of the 20th century.

Boris Bugaev was born into a prominent intellectual family. His father, Nikolai Bugaev, was a leading mathematician who is regarded as a founder of the Moscow school of mathematics. His mother was not only highly intelligent but a famous society beauty, and the focus of considerable gossip. Young Boris was a polymath whose interests included mathematics, music, philosophy, and literature. He would go on to take part in both the Symbolist movement and the Russian school of neo-Kantianism.

Nikolai Bugaev was well known for his influential philosophical essays, in which he decried geometry and probability and trumpeted the virtues of hard analysis. Despite...or because of...his father's mathematical tastes, Boris Bugaev was fascinated by probability and particularly by entropy, a notion to which he frequently refers in works such as Kotik Letaev.

Bely's creative works notably influenced...and were influenced by...several literary schools, especially symbolism. They feature a striking mysticism and a sort of moody musicality. The far-reaching influence of his literary voice on Russian writers (and even musicians) has frequently been compared to the impact of James Joyce in the English-speaking world. The novelty of his sonic effects has also been compared to the innovative music of Charles Ives.

As a young man, Bely was strongly influenced by his acquaintance with the family of philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, especially Vladimir's younger brother Mikhail, described in his long autobiographical poem The First Encounter (1921); the title is a reflection of Vladimir Solovyov's Three Encounters.

Bely's symbolist novel Petersburg (1916; 1922) is generally considered to be his masterpiece. The book employs a striking prose method in which sounds often evoke colors. The novel is set in the somewhat hysterical atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Petersburg and the Russian Revolution of 1905. To the extent that the book can be said to possess a plot, this can be summarized as the story of the hapless Nikolai Apollonovich, a ne'er-do-well who is caught up in revolutionary politics and assigned the task of assassinating a certain government official...his own father. At one point, Nikolai is pursued through the Petersburg mists by the ringing hooves of the famous bronze statue of Peter the Great.

In his later years Bely was influenced by Rudolph Steiner’s anthroposophy Bely, Andrei. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-07 and became a personal friend of Steiner's.

Bely was one of the major influences on the theater of Vsevolod Meyerhold.

He is the namesake of the Andrei Bely Prize (), one of the most important prizes in Russian literature.

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Total Books: 14
Between Crisis and Catastrophe Lyrical and Mystical Essays
Petersburg
2012 - Petersburg [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780141191744
ISBN-10: 0141191740
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gogol's Artistry
2009 - Gogol's Artistry (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780810125902
ISBN-10: 0810125900
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Petersburg
2009 - Petersburg (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781901285963
ISBN-10: 1901285960
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Petersburg
2009 - Petersburg (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781906548438
ISBN-10: 1906548439
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Silver Dove
2001 - The Silver Dove (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810117570
ISBN-10: 0810117576
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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Kotik Letaev
1999 - Kotik Letaev [European Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810116269
ISBN-10: 081011626X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Petersburg A Novel in Eight Chapters  With a Prologue and an Epilogue
1996 - Petersburg a Novel in Eight Chapters with a Prologue and an Epilogue [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140186963
ISBN-10: 0140186964
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Petersburg
1994 - Petersburg [Russian Classics - in Russian - Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782877142663
ISBN-10: 2877142663
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Petersburg
1979 - Petersburg (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780253202192
ISBN-10: 0253202191
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Petersburg
1978 - Petersburg [Sources and Translation Series of the Russian Institute, Col] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780253344106
ISBN-10: 0253344107
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gibel' Senatora [Modern Russian Literature and Culture, Studies and Texts, Vol. 12] (Paperback)
Glossolalia Poem uber den Laut / Glossolalia A Poem About Sound
Glossolalia Poem Uber Den Laut / Glossolalia a Poem About Sound [Multilingual Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783856361488
ISBN-10: 3856361480
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