Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, City Types, City Grimaces, 1908

The Russian symbolist Andrei Bely was one of the pioneers of experimental aesthetics. Bely’s creative
method in the novel Petersburg was based on his perception of symbolism, which he associated
with ethics and religion. To create the world of the novel, he used symbolic-anthroposophical artistic
approaches. The world of the novel differs from reality, which is, according to non-materialistic philosophies,
apart from God, because it is created by God. It is as if the symbolic reality of Petersburg
were divine, as if it should have been God or God-Devil, here represented by the author’s subject.
Steiner’s deity, the most universal being of the human ego, so-called manas comes to life. It embodies
the author’s anthroposophical “ego”. The text of the novel, which is simultaneously the author’s world,
was created in the disharmonious relation of the author’s subject to external reality. It can be perceived
as a form of the occult text that became popular in twentieth-century literature.
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