"Erudite and unpretentious, intelligent as well as intelligible, it presents a multitude of perpsectives on the portraits of three twentieth-century Eurpean cities, each of which 'was to undergo the greatest crisis of identity in its history.'" James Joyce Literary Supplement

 "not the least interest of Barta's book is that, as a Slavicist, he is able to draw attention both to the primacy of Bely's Petersburg in the twentieth-century urban novel and to Bely's debt to a nineteenth-century tradition, that of "Petersburg writing" in Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoievsky. . . . what survives is a sense of insoluble tensions, of "mobility, colors, and constructive and destructive technology," and of an existence pursued without real hope of significant achievement in a "maze of signs" that constitutes urban experience." Modern Fiction Studies

 "Peter Barta's book is a welcome addition to the individual study of the three novels themselves, as well as to that of the city novel and the modernist novel." International Review of Modernism

 "Barta's study has opened a promising face on a rich seam." -- Neil Cornwell, James Joyce Quarterly James Joyce Quarterly

 "An accessible and enlightening, if somewhat limited, introduction to the modern novel of the city -- in particular, to the device of the peripatetic, or 'wandering hero' as a window on the heart of the city. . . . [A] model of intellectual dexterity. . . highly recommended for all levels of Joyce scholarship and. . . especially helpful for Finnegans Wake." -- News Stead: A Journal of History and Literature News Stead: A Journal of History and Literature

 "Barta's nuanced, well-researched arguments certainly enrich our understanding and appreciation of these three most prominent modernist city novels in European literature." -- Slavonic Review Slavonic Review

 "Barta's study is a good introduction to these three very important novels."-- Journal of the James Joyce Society Journal of the James Joyce Society