The Little Tragedies

The Little Tragedies

by Alexander Pushkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300080271

ISBN-13: 9780300080278

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

In a major burst of creativity, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin during just three months in 1830 completed Eugene Onegin, composed more than thirty lyric poems, wrote several short stories and folk tales, and penned the four short dramas in verse that comprise the "little tragedies." The "little tragedies" stand among the great masterpieces of Russian literature, yet

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In a major burst of creativity, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin during just three months in 1830 completed Eugene Onegin, composed more than thirty lyric poems, wrote several short stories and folk tales, and penned the four short dramas in verse that comprise the "little tragedies." The "little tragedies" stand among the great masterpieces of Russian literature, yet they were last translated into English a quarter-century ago and have in recent years been out of print entirely. In this outstanding new translation, Nancy K. Anderson preserves the cadence and intensity of Pushkin's work while aligning it with today's poetic practices and freer approach to metrics. In addition she provides critical essays examining each play in depth, a discussion of her approach to translating the plays, and a consideration of the genre of these dramatic pieces and their performability.

The four "little tragedies"-Mozart and Salieri, The Miserly Knight, The Stone Guest, and A Feast During the Plague-are extremely compressed dialogues, each dealing with a dominant protagonist whose central internal conflict determines both the plot and structure of the play. Pushkin focuses on human passions and the interplay between free will and fate: though each protagonist could avoid self-ruin, instead he freely chooses it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300080278
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Russian Literature and Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(9)
The Little Tragedies in English: An Approach
10(27)
The Little Tragedies
The Miserly Knight
37(18)
Mozart and Salieri
55(11)
The Stone Guest
66(29)
A Feast During the Plague
95(12)
Critical Essays
The Seduction of Power: The Miserly Knight
107(24)
Betrayal of a Calling: Mozart and Salieri
131(25)
The Weight of the Past: The Stone Guest
156(26)
Survival and Memory: A Feast During the Plague
182(16)
Commentary 198(15)
Notes 213(8)
Select Bibliography 221(4)
Index 225

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