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By J. D. Elsworth

Audrey Bely was once the most cutting edge prose writers in Russian within the 20th century. This publication strains the advance of his method as a novelist from the early experimental Symphonies (1902-8) to the final novel, mask, released in 1932. within the first chapters of the booklet, Dr Elsworth explores Bely's theoretical writings at the aesthetic idea of Symbolism, and his organization, after 1912, with the doctrines of Rudolf Steiner. Bely appeared artwork as an energetic strength for the transformation of the human character and the solution of the problem that he clinically determined within the tradition of his time. either the subject material and the stylistic peculiarities of his novels have their starting place during this specific philosophy of tradition, and it really is during this context that the novels are tested within the moment half the publication. This e-book should be crucial analyzing for all these drawn to Bely and the broader topic of Russian Symbolist doctrine and perform.

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The act of naming, being the creation of individual words, is prior to grammar and the logical relations it expresses. '88 At the end of this process stands the concept; communication by means of concepts refers men to what has already been created, whereas the purpose of a living community is to create the objects of cognition. Truly abstract terms, by which 31 Andrey Bely Bely means the language of epistemology which is (or strives to be) entirely devoid of psychic content, he compares to crystals, which carry no infection.

Man's original act in relation to the external world is the act of naming; by naming a thing, man asserts its existence; without this act neither the world nor the ego would exist. '87 The word itself is a symbol; man fuses in it the two incomprehensible elements of space, the objective world, and time, the subjective experience. The Greek 'logos' is no less important to Bely in its original meaning than in its theological sense. The act of naming, being the creation of individual words, is prior to grammar and the logical relations it expresses.

82 The basic distinction between the form of social organization known as the state and the new community envisaged is the distinction between a mechanical and an organic system of relationships. It owes much to the distinction between State and Church that is made in The Brothers Karamazov, and in referring to it Bely sometimes uses Zosima's words, 'Budi, budi\ The idea that the two types of system can move towards the same end (which is contrary to Dostoyevsky's conception) is supported less by argument than by quasi-prophetic utterances.

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