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A literary masterpiece—formerly unappreciated by me. Yes, it rambles a bit, and the ending seems somewhat contrived (although less so than the otherwise remarkable 1965 film). But the language is gorgeous, the plot mostly compelling, and the portrayal of late imperial and Soviet Russia magnificently complex, complete, uncompromising, and nuanced—especially from a man who must have wondered, while writing it, if he would end up in the dire circumstances he described.