The Christened Chinaman
Andrei Bely
Translated, annotated and introduced by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr.
(Hermitage Publishers: 1991)
ISBN 1-55779-042-6

Bely's autobiographical novel describes family life and the academic circles of Moscow at the end of the nineteenth century. It captures the memory and imagination of a child in the sustained rhythmic prose of an adult Symbolist poet and theoretician. This translation seeks to convey accurately the complexity and special magic of Bely's ornamental prose.


The complete translation of Bely's novel can be purchased through Hermitage Publishers.

I offer here for the first times an electronic version of my translation of

Andrei Bely's The Christened Chinaman (The Baptized Chinaman).


Chapter 8
Chapter 1
Chapter 9
Chapter 2
Chapter 10
Chapter 3
Chapter 11
Chapter 4
Chapter 12
Chapter 5
Chapter 13
Chapter 6
Chapter 14
Chapter 7
Chapter 15