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Taken from Pushkin Street, not far from Nevsky Prospekt. As labyrinthine enclosures, courtyards are seemingly the antithesis of broad, rectilinear main streets ("prospekts"). Yet, for all their claustrophobic quality, they also partake of what Andrei Beliy referred to as the "infinity of prospekts" ("бесконечность проспектов"). As Beliy wrote in his novel, Petersburg: "Petersburg streets possess a most unquestionable characteristic: they turn into shadows of passersby; and those very shadows turn Petersburg streets into people." (Петербургские улицы обладают несомнеинейшим свойством: превращают в тени прохожих; тени же петербургские улицы превращают в людей.)

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