Metro Stop Dostoevsky: Travels in Russian Time

Metro Stop Dostoevsky Travels in Russian Time A Russian American writer catapults herself into the maelstrom of Russian life at a time of seismic change for both The daughter of Russian emigres Ingrid Bengis grew up wondering whether she was Ame

  • Title: Metro Stop Dostoevsky: Travels in Russian Time
  • Author: Ingrid Bengis
  • ISBN: 9780865476721
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Russian American writer catapults herself into the maelstrom of Russian life at a time of seismic change for both The daughter of Russian emigres, Ingrid Bengis grew up wondering whether she was American or, deep down, really Russian In 1991, naively in love with Russia and Russian literature, she settled in St Petersburg, where she was quickly immersed in catastroiA Russian American writer catapults herself into the maelstrom of Russian life at a time of seismic change for both The daughter of Russian emigres, Ingrid Bengis grew up wondering whether she was American or, deep down, really Russian In 1991, naively in love with Russia and Russian literature, she settled in St Petersburg, where she was quickly immersed in catastroika, a period of immense turmoil that mirrored her own increasingly complex and contradictory experience Bengis s account of her involvement with Russia is heightened by her involvement with B, a Russian whose collapsing marriage, paralleling the collapse of the Soviet Union, produces a situation in which anything could happen Their relationship reflects the social tumult, as well as the sometimes dangerous consequences of American good intentions As Bengis takes part in Russian life becoming a reluctant entrepreneur, undergoing surgery in a St Petersburg hospital, descending into a coal mine she becomes increasingly aware of its Dostoevskian duality, never so than when she meets the impoverished, importuning great great granddaughter of the writer himself Beneath the seismic shifting remains a centuries old preoccuption with the big questions tradition and progress, destiny and activism, skepticism and faith With its elaborate pattern of digression and its eye for the revealing detail, Bengis s account has the hypnotic intimacy of a late night conversation in a Russian kitchen, where such questions are perpetually being asked.

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    807 thoughts on “Metro Stop Dostoevsky: Travels in Russian Time

    • This is a really interesting chronicle of one American woman's romantic fascination with Leningrad/St. Petersburg (and Dostoevsky) during the turning point when communism falls, and of her odd friendship with a nasty, ungrateful local woman called B. (I still don't know why she is so forgiving) The author also tells of a stay in a Russian hospital which reminds me of The Women's Decameron. In spite of her admitted naiveté, she offers up plausible, if subjective, general keys to the Russian peop [...]


    • I read this book while living in St Petersburg and it started out as such a promising book. Right setting, right topic, even my favourite Petersburg underground stop as a titlebut it quickly descended into farce.


    • A gorgeously written memoir by the kind of eloquent, thoughtful person I aspire to be - I reread it every now and then just to recharge my batteries.


    • I am fascinated by the Russian culture and will read anything I can get my hands on about it. This particular book is about life in St. Petersburg, the setting for most of Dostoevsky’s novels. The author lived in St. Petersburg off and on during the early 1990’s, the era of the transition from the Soviet “workers’ paradise” to-–well, to whatever Russia is now. Bengis is the daughter of Russian émigrés, and does a fine job of characterizing the average Russian citizen through person [...]


    • This book is written by daughter of Russian immigrants to Amerika who travels back to Leningrad /St. Petersburg, Russia, in the time of breaking up of Soviet Union. She finds Russian people in the time of a profound distress, in the time when anything and everything they ever knew doesn't exist anymore, when everywhere they look for comfort of known and an order are just giant question marks staring back to them. This is such an utter state of panic and fear for surviving which this American wri [...]


    • I actually enjoyed this book, though it's tempting to make this author's experience in Russia a universal experience. Though it's a little difficult to tell at times if she's being accurate with her portrayal of the Russians she meets, I did like all of the minute details she provides about places and customs. Her attention to detail gives a feeling of actually living in modern day Russia.


    • An interesting but somewhat unpleasant account of one American woman's experiences in Russia during the 90's. Bengis is really terrific at getting down the sort of mundane details that create an air of authenticity. However, I'm vaguely appalled that she would publish what seems like so much dirty laudry regarding her (former) friendship with 'B'. Read it and cringe.


    • I found this book fascinating as a source of information on Russian culture and thinking, but I couldn't help but feel that the author needed to buck up a bit and face things. I got a little frustrated with her, but I suppose she had to fulfill her own journey of beauty through suffering.


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