Andrei Bely’s novel Petersburg was written amid the great cultural tensions and transformations of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Published in 1913, it is set during the run up to the ill-fated, but hugely significant, revolution of 1905. The result is a masterpiece that manages to capture the intricacies of the human condition alongside grand, vivid, and evocative descriptions of the epic setting of the city of Saint Petersburg, as Bely guides his reader through the personal dramas confronted by a set of characters within the Russian urban aristocracy and the momentous events unfolding around them.