Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0080: political alienation

PBC 80 conveys the alienation nationalist feel for capital, Saint Petersburg, during World War I. It is expressed in a capital that has “forgotten its former glory like a drunk harlot, not knowing who will take her” (W27). Ironically, it is the “proud capital” now bewitched by a peasant, here, Grigorii Rasputin (W247). In another instance, the poet leaves the capital for “God’s country,” Karelia, in the far north (W20).


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