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#DailyBookQuote 18Dec13 : Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

#DailyBookQuote : 18th December 2013

 Aleksandr Pushkin

–          Alexander Pushkin (June 06, 1799 – February 10, 1837)

–          Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in imperial Russia during the 1820s, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored foolish and shallow man, Lensky the sad poet, and a stylized Pushkin himself – and the fates and affections of three women – Tatyana the provincial beauty, her sister Olga, and Pushkin’s mercurial Muse. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it also portrays a large cast of other characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical digressions, often in a highly satirical vein. Eugene Onegin was Pushkin’s own favourite work, and it shows him attempting to transform himself from romantic poet into realistic novelist.

 

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