The Red Jester

Andrei Bely's Petersburg As A Novel Of The European Modern

Judith Wermuth-Atkinson



What was Andrei Bely’s project in his ambiguous novel Petersburg? For the first time, this study firmly places Bely’s work at the heart of the European Modern (die Moderne). It argues that with its concern for the spiritual and its desire to create new aesthetics, the novel helped reshape fundamental views of reality, of the Self, and of consciousness. Theories of Freud and Jung as well as the aesthetics of the Viennese Secession are used to elucidate Bely’s approach to the narrative. The author also presents Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy as the prism through which Bely reflects modernist ideas


Edited by Sara Jones and Meesha Nehry

Nottingham, 2011


"Using a comparative approach that crosses disciplines and continents Writin under Socialism offers a critical re-evaluation of the position of literary production under socialist states past and present using new materials, theories, and methodologies...The volume brings together academic expersts researching the interaction between writing and politics in diverse contexts across the former Eastern Block, Latin America, and China." Judith Wermuth-Atkinson has contributed an essay as a writer who started her career in Eastern Europe. 

“This book should be read by anyone who teaches Petersburg or who has struggled to negoitiate its dense web of images because, based on her traacing of Bely's intellectual sources Wermuth-Atkinson offers thought-provoking interpretations of many of the novel's enigmatic parts. It will also be of great interest to any specialist in Russian Silver Age looking for a reminder  of how truely compolex and fascinating this era was. - Jason Merrill, Michigan State University, in Slavic and East European Journal, 2013

Näher and die Ferne 

Hologramm einer Reise

Judy Wermuth

Munich, 1999


I was born in a mixed German-Bulgarian family during the communist era in Bulgaria. Part of my father’s Jewish family had escaped the Nazi regime by settling in Bulgaria. In fifteen chapters, the story of my book titled Näher an die Ferne. Hologramm einer Reise (Closer to the Far Away. Hologram of a Journey) tells about my illegal, risky and adventurous escape as a young woman, together with my seven year old son. Looking at our journey from Bulgaria to Germany from different angles, as in a hologram, I focus on the communist society in Bulgaria before the political changes, reality in the Yugoslav United Nations refugee camp, on Israel, and on Germany.   


My book was published in Germany and presented at the International Book Fair in Leipzig in 1999. The published version contains five illustrations by my son, Dr. Calin Trenkov-Wermuth. I have completed the translation into English and expect to publish the new revised eiditon within the next two years. 




In seven fragments, Judith Wermuth-Atkinson looks at the stories of old people from different societies and cultures of our time – from England to New England, Germany, India, and post-World War II Bulgaria. This is an appeal for attention to our attitudes toward the elderly. The author stresses that although "old age seems to be an inconvenience for many families, for society, and most certainly for the economics of any state" we should remember that "the old people of our time are also the creators of this time" and that "what the present represents for us was their project, their work - not just ours."


"The Stories are enormously moving..." Tinky Weisblat. THE RECORDER: June 5, 2015

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The Holy Dusters


Judith Wermuth-Atkinson


Blue Poppies

A Spiritual Travelogue from the Himalaya

Judith Wermuth-Atkinson


In Blue Poppies, the author shares her experience of spiritual life in the Indian Himalaya. For years, Judith Wermuth-Atkinson had the unique opportunity to study, live, and travel with the Hindu monk and Vedic scholar Siddhartha Krishna. She offers vivid descriptions of men, women, and children in the life of rarely accessible spiritual communities, deliberations on religious devotion or on questions of the clash between tradition and change, and observations of social attitudes toward marriage, caste, and the untouchable-all providing insights into a complex world both ancient and modern. That world has taught the author "to believe in the endless power of the mind," and she sees it as a precious source of mindfulness-a source that ought to be preserved.

Balboa Press
Barnes &Noble
Barnes &Noble

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