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Pushkin House, 1978

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Published by: Brasil - Record; Denmark - Gyldendal (1988); Finland - Gummerus (1983); France - Albin Michel (1989), Seuil  (1993); Germany - Luchterhand Literaturverlag (1983), DTV Deutscher Taschenbuch (1988), Insel Verlag (1989), Suhrkamp (2007); Italy - Serra e Riva (1988); Netherlands - Bert Bakker (1989); Norway - Oslo Samlaget (1990); Romania - Editura Univers; Serbia - BIGZ (1994); Sweden - Norstedts (1982); Slovenia - Mladinska knjiga (1993), Razgledi (1994), SysPrint (2010); Spain - Tusquets (1991); Ukraine - Folio (1996); USA - Ardis (1978), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1987), Dalkey Archive Press (1998); UK - Collins Harvill (1990), Weidenfeld and Nicolson (1988);

 

"A brilliant, restless, impudent novel."— John Updike, New Yorker

"Probably the most interesting work to come out of Soviet literature since the Twenties."—London Review of Books

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 1978 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.