By Andrei Bely
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A modernist classic in which political terrorism, family dysfunction, myth and history combine with an irrestistible style
After enlisting in a revolutionary terrorist organization, the university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is entrusted with a highly dangerous mission: to plant a bomb and assassinate a major government figure. But the real central character of the novel is the city of Petersburg at the beginning of the twentieth century, caught in the grip of political agitation and social unrest. Intertwining the worlds of history and myth, and parading a cast of unforgettable characters, Petersburg is a story of apocalypse and redemption played out through family dysfunction, conspiracy and murder.
Translated by John Elsworth
Cover illustration by Ilya Yefimovich Repin
Published 07 September 2010