Eugene Onegin and Other Poems

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Everyman, 1999 - 240 pages
Pushkin was the first Russian writer of European stature, and he is among the very few artists - such as Homer and Shakespeare - to have shaped the consciousness and history of an entire nation and its language, thereby affecting the world at large. Eugene Onegin is not merely the greatest poem in the Russian language by its most influential poet- it is a global culture, social and political icon of the highest order. The historical power of this work - a novel in verse - is made all the more extraordinary by the simplicity of its subject. Eugene Onegin is a story of disappointed love. Tatyana falls for the handsome Eugene to whom she daringly makes advances. He cooly rejects her, then flirts with her sister, Olga. When challenged by Olga's fiance, Lensky kills him in a duel, seemingly indifferrent to the grief he causes. (Ironically, Puskhin himself was to be killed in similar circumstances in 1937, some seven years after he completed the work). Onegin leaves the district. When he returns four years later, Tatyana has married another man and it is her turn to reject his advances. But it turns out that Onegin's hauteur is affected- he has always loved her passionately. She loves him too and both reflect painfully on what might have been.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - JVioland - www.librarything.com

The great Russian poet. As I've indicated in other translations: there is always something missing from the original. Despite this, Pushkin's brilliance comes through. A St. Petersburg playboy ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - gwendolyndawson - www.librarything.com

This is a brief story-poem--a Russian classic. Many would argue this is the most important work of Russian literature. The characters are interesting and well-drawn. The most compelling character ... Consulter l'avis complet

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À propos de l'auteur (1999)

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, one of Russian's greatest poets, was born in Moscow on June 6, 1799. He studied Latin and French literature at the Lyceum. Pushkin was often in conflict with the government and was kept under surveillance for much of his later life. He was also exiled for a period of time. His works include Eugene Onegin and Ruslan and Ludmila. Pushkin died on February 10, 1837 in St. Petersburg of a wound received during a duel protecting the honor of his wife.

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