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Moscow and St. Petersburg: 1842

Author: Alexander Herzen
Translation: John Leafgren


Winter 2014
Moscow
Page 27   (13 pages)


Summary: Herzen's classic comparison of Russia's two capitals, in which he finds much to love and loathe in each.


Extract:

...In Petersburg, people in general, and persons individually, are extremely foul. It is impossible to love Petersburg, yet I feel that I would not live in any other Russian city. In Moscow, on the other hand, everyone is extremely kind, but it is just that they live with a deathly boredom. In Moscow there is a sort of half-wild, half-educated genteel way of life of the sort that gets worn down in the suffocating atmosphere of Petersburg....

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