Zapiski chudaka. Tom pervyi [– vtoroi] [Notes of an eccentric. Vol. 1 – 2].

Moscow and Berlin, “Helikon”, 1922.

2 vols., 8vo, pp. 214, 238, some light browning; uncut in the original printed wrappers, browned, minor wear to spines.


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First edition of Bely’s Notes of an eccentric, a thinly veiled autobiographical memoir or ‘diary in story form’. The book describes a journey which Bely himself undertook in 1916, from Dornach in Switzerland, through France, England, Norway and Sweden, to Russia, where the narrator has been summoned for military service. Bely was always ambivalent about whether it should be considered as a work of fiction or autobiography.

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