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bely's symbolist novel petersburg (1916; 1922) is generally considered to be his masterpiece. the book is vivid and memorable, and employs a striking prose method in which sounds often evoke colors.
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 never-do-well who is caught up in revolutionary politics and assigned the task of assassinating a certain government official -- his own father -- by planting a time bomb in his study. nikolai is pursued through the impenetrable petersburg mists by the ringing hooves of the famous bronze statue of peter the great.
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