Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A grey day dreaming of white nights

"If you visit St. Petersburg in June, you will probably not manage to fall asleep the first night. You will be waiting for it to get dark, but even though the sun will set, it will not get any darker. At midnight you can read a book by the window without having to turn on the lights. But it is not really so strange after all; for at 3:45 a.m. the sun will once again appear on the horizon. The entire night, this enchanting white night, will last only five hours and twenty six minutes. On such a night, the city seems to sink into a silvery-blue haze that comes from nowhere. Lovers will be strolling along the banks of the river. When the school year ends, the happy graduates will dance and sing all night long by the Neva." -Lev Uspensky


Blogger Juan Bodley said...

When I think of the old land I tend to recall Shukov's long day in "One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich" but that's just how my days seem to go...

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