Eugene Onegin and Other Poems Hardback
Part of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Everyman
- Publication Date: 30/04/1999
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781857157390
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Review by JVioland
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 inherits an estate in the country, attracts the attention of a beauty who falls in love with him. He refuses her. Later, the shoes on the other foot and the beauty attracts him and refuses to accept his advances vowing fidelity to her husband. Yeah, it's been done before, but the poetry is priceless.