Andrei Bely

1880 - 1934

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Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Буга́ев, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ bʊˈɡajɪf] ), better known by the pen name Andrei Bely or Biely (Russian: Андре́й Бе́лый, IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej ˈbʲelɨj] ; 26 October [O.S. 14 October] 1880 – 8 January 1934), was a Russian novelist, Symbolist poet, theorist and literary critic. He was a committed anthroposophist and follower of Rudolf Steiner. His novel Petersburg (1913/1922) was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as the third-greatest masterpiece of modernist literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Andrei Bely has received more than 226,642 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Andrei Bely is the 1,102nd most popular writer (down from 1,092nd in 2019), the 387th most popular biography from Russia (up from 392nd in 2019) and the 44th most popular Russian Writer.

Andrei Bely is best known for his novel Petersburg.

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Notable Works

Masterstvo Gogolia
Literary Criticism
An unabridged translation of Bely's masterful, comic fiction of reactionary officials, nihilistic revolutionaries, a would-be parricide, a bomb concealed in a sardine can, and the city which as setting and character focuses the Russian search for national identity
The Moscow Eccentric
This newly rediscovered gem of a novel by one of Russia's finest writers explores some of the thorniest issues of the early twentieth century. And reviewers have hailed the translation as "a coup" and "a remarkable achievement." An absent-minded professor and a glamorous yet bumbling spy struggle over a powerful secret formula in this tale filled with eccentric personalities, wild dialogue, improbable sounds, bristling images and vivid colors. In The Moscow Eccentric, Andrei Bely challenges readers not only with his ideas, but by presenting them in a what he called an "epic poem in prose format." Built on a rhythmic backbone of metered prose that supports a wondrous array of literary devices, both poetic and prosaic, Bely's language play is breathtaking. He is as brilliant on a huge canvas depicting spectacular swaths of city life as he is in detailing the patterns of snow on a small stretch of sidewalk. He surprises and thrills readers with constant tonal and stylistic variation, moving effortlessly from lyrical descriptions of nature to slapstick physical and verbal parody of Russia's social milieu. Brought into English for the first time by award-winning translator Brendan Kiernan, and peppered with original illustrations by Katya Korobkina, this is a stunning, poetic, and powerful novel by the author of Petersburg, which Vladimir Nabokov called one of the four best novels of the twentieth century.


Among writers, Andrei Bely ranks 1,102 out of 7,302Before him are Jean Moréas, Alfred Brehm, Cees Nooteboom, Yosano Akiko, John William Polidori, and Leonid Andreyev. After him are Bhāsa, Bernard Cornwell, Robert Merle, Hélène Cixous, Claudius Aelianus, and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

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Among people born in 1880, Andrei Bely ranks 35Before him are Vojtech Tuka, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Michel Fokine, Giuseppe Moscati, Mohammed Alim Khan, and Álvaro Obregón. After him are Lionel Logue, Mack Sennett, Akiba Rubinstein, Sarah Knauss, María de las Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, and Otto Meissner. Among people deceased in 1934, Andrei Bely ranks 33Before him are Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Nicholas Marr, Carl von Linde, Jean Vigo, Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Siegbert Tarrasch. After him are Franz Ehrle, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Jakob Wassermann, Willem de Sitter, Pietro Gasparri, and Alexander von Kluck.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Andrei Bely ranks 387 out of 3,761Before him are Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1822), Vladimir Kryuchkov (1924), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), Nikolay Semyonov (1896), Viktor Tsoi (1962), and Leonid Andreyev (1871). After him are George Ostrogorsky (1902), Velimir Khlebnikov (1885), Catherine Pavlovna of Russia (1788), Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1890), Valery Leontiev (1949), and Vasily Perov (1834).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Andrei Bely ranks 44Before him are Vasily Zhukovsky (1783), Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), Henri Troyat (1911), Nikolai Leskov (1831), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), and Leonid Andreyev (1871). After him are Velimir Khlebnikov (1885), Bulat Okudzhava (1924), Sophia Tolstaya (1844), Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817), Daniil Kharms (1905), and Alexander Ostrovsky (1823).