The Silver Dove

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1757-0
Publication Date
June 2001
Page Count
316 pages
Trim Size
5 3/8 x 8 1/2

The Silver Dove

Andrei Bely

The Silver Dove, published four years before Bely's masterpiece Petersburg, is considered the first modern Russian novel. Breaking with Russian realism, and a pioneering Symbolist work, its vividly drawn characters, elemental landscapes, and rich style make it accessible to the Western reader, and this new translation makes the complete work available in English for the first time.

Dissatisfied with the life of the intelligentsia, the poet Daryalsky joins a rural mystic sect, the Silver Doves. The locals, in particular the peasant woman Matryona, are fascinated by the dashing stranger. Daryalsky is in turn taken in by the Doves' intimacy with the mystical and spiritual--and by Matryona. Under the influence of Kudeyarov, the ruthless cult leader, Daryalsky is used in a bid to produce a sacred child. But in time the poet disappoints the Doves and must face their suspicions and jealousies--and his own inevitable dire fate.

About the Author

Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev, better known by the pen name Andrei Bely (October 26 [O.S. October 14] 1880, Moscow – January 8, 1934, Moscow) was a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of the four greatest novels of the 20th century.


"...magnificent in its sweep, taking the whole expanse of Russian life...Modern Russian literature has produced nothing greater." —Nikolay Berdyaev, reviewing The Silver Dove, 1910