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Moscow and St. Petersburg: 1842

Author: Alexander Herzen
Translation: John Leafgren

Winter 2014
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.


...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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